A Short-eared Owl in a fog

Short-eared Owl in a fogShort-eared Owl in a fog – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 500, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited, called in or set up

Isn’t this Short-eared Owl lovely with her big yellow eyes? It had been a while since I had seen a Short-eared Owl and I was quite surprised when I spotted her on top of some snow-covered Rabbitbrush late last month along the causeway to Antelope Island State Park. It was a very foggy morning and the ground was covered in snow, the snow helped to brighten the scene some but I still had to increase my exposure compensation to +1.0 in order to expose her well in camera.

This image may be a bit high key for some people’s tastes but for me this image is a window showing a small portion of this owl’s world.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing birds. My approach is to photograph the birds without disturbing their natural behavior. I don't bait, use set ups or call them in. I use Nikon gear and has multiple camera bodies and lenses.


  1. That, Mia, is a wall hanger! Beautiful!

  2. Thanks much for your comments Sherry, Dina, Susan, Ingrid, Maria, Bob, Mom and Gyorgy! Ingrid, you would love Antelope Island and the bounty of birds, animals and nature it hold. Gyorgy, I hope you get photos of a Short-eared Owl soon!

  3. Very nice bird indeed. I always wanted to make some cool image of it. Well done.

    Best, Szimi

  4. Hi! Hello pretty lady! Your here to get get a pohoto of my pretty eye’s on this beautiful Snowy Island? Love it! Have a great day!

  5. Fabulous head-on view and perspective!

  6. Mia, your photos from Antelope Island depict it as a magical place. I’d love to visit there sometime. I can’t believe the diversity of wildlife you photograph there. Beautiful, yet again.

  7. What a wonderful capture, wow

  8. Absolutely perfect! That’s something I probably won’t ever see.

  9. I think the fog and the snow actually make her stand out the best!

  10. excelent shot, fantastic !

    i m a bit sad because there no feed back on visitor blogs or messages, probably your are too busy with your own pictures, i m not very motivate to continue to put comments there, i prefer to talk to you directly like that.

    take care

    • Eric, Thanks for your comment.

      For some reason I didn’t think you had a photo blog, that you had pictures on Flickr where I don’t have an account. Now I see you do have a photo blog. Sorry for not noticing that.

  11. Hi Mia, I love any Owl. What a great capture, love the eyes!

  12. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    Hi, Mia, We’re in the middle of a blizzard here… I may not get out till spring which I wouldn’t mind much… maybe I can get some painting done.
    I have to thank you for so many great ideas on how to locate birds in their environment. This photo teaches me so many things from the colors of grasses after many freezes… etc. It will be a long time before I paint another owl… the feathering takes so very much patience. When I see your photos that so acurately depict their beauty it takes the pressure off my subconscious to have to record them. This photo is lovely…. for sure.

  13. She sure looks a lot better than I do in a fog (i.e., before coffee).
    Beautiful owl portrayed wonderfully in her environment.

  14. Wow – her eyes pop so much! I think you captured her in a beautiful setting – perfectly sets her off.

  15. It’s beautiful! Saw my first short-eared owls a few weeks ago.

  16. I love this, Mia! The high key background works well, as does the snow-crusted vegetation in the foreground. She is a beauty.

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