I simply can’t resist photographing Burrowing Owls.
1/100, f/5.6, ISO 500, 500 f/4, 1.4 tc
These youngsters often have a balance problem when they try to perch on the relatively unstable sunflowers, which can be a good opportunity for the photographer to get some interesting poses. One of the problems here was that the sun was just coming up and the light was very low as you can see from my very slow shutter speed. Even though this bird fluttered on the perch for quite a while I ended up trashing most of those shots because they just weren’t sharp enough.
But the other problem just about drove me batty for a while. For some reason my Canon 7D wouldn’t allow me to adjust my exposure (ev). How very frustrating to have this bird giving me such nice poses while I’m thinking the entire time that I’m over-exposing the shots and can’t do anything about it!
It turned out that my exposure for these shots was just right (I’ve done no exposure adjustment in post-processing with this image) but it took me (us) a half hour to figure out what the problem was with my camera. Mia saved the day by downloading the 7D manual to her phone and in the end the problem turned out to be that I had inadvertently switched on the “lock” button on my camera. Sheesh!
1/2000, f/6.3, ISO 400, 100-400 @ 300mm
I thought some of you might like to “meet” most of the Burrowing Owl family I’ve been photographing this summer. From left to right #3 and #5 are the adult parents and the other four are their youngsters. There’s at least three (possibly four) other juveniles that didn’t participate in the family portrait.
What a challenge it was to get a good look at least one eye in all six birds! For that reason, most of these group shots were deleted and I haven’t had an opportunity like this since.
1/2500, f/6.3, ISO 640, 500 f/4, 1.4 tc
This adult is from a different burrow that is much too far away from the road for photography but occasionally we find him (her?) perched near the road while it’s hunting for voles. As you can see by the very bloody beak it has had some recent success.
All three of these images have been taken in the last several weeks.