Barn Owls on Antelope Island

Barn Owls in an old trailerBarn Owls perched in an old trailer – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/60, lens on my Noodle, ISO 400, -1.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I really, really, really wish these young Barn Owls on Antelope Island had been perched on something that looked more natural than old bent metal with droppings all over it but I have been taking images of them any way. You can see four birds in this image, there was one more off to the right side of the frame and another bird had taken flight. A “Jackpot” of Barn Owls for sure.

The interior of this trailer is always dark and because the birds are so light I had to use -1.7 in order to not blow the lights of the owls out. I rested my lens on my “Noodle” for stability and fired in bursts to get a few sharp shots. Shutter speed was very low but the lens support truly helped. I applied a small amount of Noise Reduction to the dark areas in the background because a little bit of noise was creeping in.

Someday I hope to get Barn Owl juveniles perched on natural features but until then the images I took of this group will keep me inspired.



  1. judy watson February 9, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Just admiring your barn owls. You are amazingly lucky to get them all in one place. And I just love the shot. But now the trailer is gone. boo hoo. I don’t think we have seen the barn owls in ages.

    • Mia McPherson February 9, 2013 at 10:20 am


      There might be Barn Owls in the nest box, I haven’t looked there lately. I would love to one day see the Barn Owl chicks on the hay!

  2. judy watson March 13, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Fantastic shot!!!!

    • Mia McPherson March 13, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Than you Judy, I saw a Barn Owl sitting on the nest the other day, I can wait to see the little ones.

  3. Julie Brown July 12, 2011 at 6:10 am

    This is very cool, Mia. I like how they are looking toward the camera, and the one on the right is peeking out from behind its sibling. We can always wish for a better perch, etc., but the opportunity to photograph these guys probably doesn’t come along very often.

  4. Nicole MacP July 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Lovely, lovely image! I didn’t notice the perches were metal either. Love that you got this with natural light, too!!

  5. Dina J July 10, 2011 at 7:33 am

    The barn owls are so amazing that I didn’t even notice the perch until I started reading. Still a great shot. I like the way the one on the right is peaking around the front owl.

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