Short-eared Owl In Flight Over A Wet Meadow

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Juvenile Short-eared Owl in flightJuvenile Short-eared Owl in flight – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/3200, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

Yesterday morning I spent time with several Short-eared Owls in Beaverhead County, Montana knowing it would be my last morning spent photographing this trip. I hoped for opportunities with owls, raptors and maybe a few songbirds in soft morning light. I didn’t really get the songbirds but I did get my wish with owls and raptors. The sky was clear, temps were in the upper 40’s to low 50’s and it felt absolutely marvelous to me.

This Short-eared Owl in flight over a wet meadow was just one of my favorite images taken yesterday in the Centennial Valley. I had taken a series of images of it perched on a fence post and when I could see that it was getting ready to lift off I focused and waited until it took flight. I was very happy with this frame because of the down-swept wings, the light and the layers of colors in the background. I had enough shutter speed to practically freeze the motion in the wings too.

I will hate to leave the cooler temperatures I have been experiencing here for the much warmer ones in the Salt Lake Valley but it is time to head home. It has been a fantastic journey and as usual I will be sad to leave.

But there are birds in Utah calling to me.

Life is good.



  1. jim urbach July 23, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    fabulous SEO in flight, Mia. I have snowy owls in flight on my BIRDS.> SNOWY OWL GALLERY

  2. jim urbach July 23, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    FABULOUS SEO in flight, Mia. I have snowy owls in flight from Boundary Bay 2012

  3. Neil July 19, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Great shot Mia! I wonder if you could message me with any other in-flight photos of this bird. I see it is molting in its primaries which has been interesting me of late. Thanks 🙂

  4. Elephant's Child July 18, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Like Patty (again) I am sad to hear that this trip is coming to an end. For you, and for us. And glad to know there will be others. And the power and grace of the owl speaks to my heart and soul. Thank you.

  5. April Olson July 18, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Beautiful photo. Safe travels.

  6. Patty Chadwick July 18, 2016 at 9:04 am

    What a beautiful image!!! Love the downswept wings and the silent power that implies…sorry to hear your trip is coming to an end…must be hard to go back to “city” life…it always was for me…felt very disoriented for several days…

  7. Carol July 18, 2016 at 6:57 am

    That’s a beautiful shot. Almost as if he’s saying goodby….could just be my imagination I guess!!!

  8. Alan Kearney July 18, 2016 at 6:55 am

    What a gorgeous animal, and so perfectly taken!

    Raptors are a favorite of mine, I just love the “stare”, but Owls have a special place in my heart. Thank you for being so good at what you love to do, you enrich my life every morning ;`)

  9. Bob McPherson July 18, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Beautiful photo, Mia. Love your Owls.

  10. Marie Read July 18, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Yes, nice wing position!

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