Finally the weathers improved
After what seems to be months of continuous rain and bad weather coupled with a very poorly dog that needed an operation my photography has been patchy to say the least so far this year. I have been trying a few different types of photography inc. Portrait which at least I could do indoors.
The field and woods where I photograph both barn and Tawny owls has been saturated for months and even walking down there has been at times treacherous. Finally we have had some frosty mornings and a week of dry weather so the fields are now beginning to finally dry out. With this dry spell I decided to try for Barn Owls again, only this time shots of them in flight. Two night ago I went down and within literally seconds of being in my hide one flew out of one of the buildings and perched on my flashgun, after a few minutes it flew off and landed on my camera lens, which was set up outside the hide as i had a wireless remote shutter attached. When the bird did fly up and the shutter pressed the flashgun never went off (stupidly I had set it wrong and it had gone to sleep)
Not to be deterred I returned both last night and again tonight and this time came away with an image from both nights. Wont be long before I leave them to it as Im sure they are about to raise another family as I heard the continuous shrieking and hissing sounds they made last year just prior to laying.
Great blog Steve, I also photograph Barn Owls & was interested to see your use of flash .... something I've been considering for some time but haven't got around to it..... us wildlife photographers are always fighting low light!
Well done on having a hide, although my garden backs onto fields the land is heavily farmed so the chances of attracting owls on a regular basis are small, although I have seen them on occasions.
Keep up the great work.
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