Short-eared Owl at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

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Perched Short-eared OwlPerched Short-eared Owl at Red Rock Lakes – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited or set up

Due to a crash in the vole population at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge last summer there weren’t many Short-eared Owls around the refuge but the few that were there were real beauties.

This female Short-eared Owl was perched on a fence post in the light of the setting sun with a part of the Upper Lake in the background.  With the breeze blowing even her short ear tufts were visible.



  1. Ingrid December 6, 2012 at 3:13 am

    This should be a magazine cover. It has all of the requisite aesthetic components, combined with your art and your heart. You can feel it in each of your images, the love you obviously feel for your subjects and your craft.

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you Ingrid, I am glad that my love for my subjects shines through!

  2. Julie Brown December 4, 2012 at 4:21 am

    I like the effect the wind is having. She looks very cute!

    • Mia McPherson December 4, 2012 at 6:02 am

      Thank you Julie, Short-eared Owls are wonderful subjects and I always feel like I’ve gotten a treat when I can see & photograph one.

  3. Wally December 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Another great image. Perfect light and you enhanced it with perfect technique!

  4. kim December 3, 2012 at 2:18 am

    I think I’m in love

    • Mia McPherson December 3, 2012 at 5:56 am

      Thank you Kim, I think I fell in love with Short-eared Owls the first time I saw one.

  5. M. Firpi December 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I like the attractive plumage all around.

  6. Julie G. December 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    A most beautiful sight! Spectacular photograph!

  7. Sherry in MT December 2, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Perfect pose he did and what a cool looking owl. Something I’ve not yet come across to photograph. Someday….

    • Mia McPherson December 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Sherry, I hope you see & photograph a Short-eared Owl soon. They are fascinating creatures. Thanks for commenting.

  8. Bryce Robinson December 2, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I love the textures you captured with this bird. They are always a treat to see. Thanks for sharing.

    • Mia McPherson December 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Thank you for commenting on this owl Bryce, they are a treat to see and I feel very fortunate when I do.

  9. Laurence Butler December 2, 2012 at 9:02 am


  10. Rohrerbot December 2, 2012 at 8:07 am

    She is a real beauty. I love owls. They are truly magnificent creatures and draw your attention when they are rarely out in the open. Wonderful shot Mia. I love the lighting on your pics.

    • Mia McPherson December 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you Chris. If someone forced me to pick my favorite bird family it would be owls, even though I love all birds. There is pretty light out west 🙂

  11. Syl Lobato December 2, 2012 at 5:52 am

    what a pretty little owl..your photo is so good..the feather detail is fabulous.

    • Mia McPherson December 2, 2012 at 6:21 am

      Thanks Syl, Short-eared Owls are very pretty and great subjects to photograph.

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