Monday, November 30, 2020

Great Horned Owl

 Today I was back in the woods looking for the Great Horned Owl. I stopped by some of the places that I know where it has roosted in the past. While at one of the places I heard two screeches and a hoot, but it sounded like it was some distance away from me. I began walking toward the sounds. I meandered around when I heard the owl again. It wasn't a hoot and it wasn't a screech (female GHO call), but it was fairly often and not that far away. I needed to turn around and once again I had to meander to the sound because of the thick brush. Eventually after zig-zagging around and not hearing the sounds anymore I turned around to leave the area and that's when I spotted the owl in a tree nearby. The light was fading fast. I took some images from a couple different directions where I first spotted the owl, but most of them had branches in front of the owl making them less than desirable. I was able to photograph the owl from several different directions but I only used the best one I got. The owl was very vocal with lots of grooming, but I was now shooting at ISO 8000 with a shutter speed of 1/40 second so those images were not usable. I had my GoPro running when I heard the owl calling and when I spotted the owl, so I might put together a video later on... It's been almost 2 months since I was able to photograph this owl....

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