Barn Owl project
Things have moved on a bit since my last blog post on this site. 28 days now i have been working this site and I finally tried for a photograph on New years eve before I went out to celebrate the new year coming in.
After setting up and sitting in silence for twenty minutes the Owl appeared and tried to land on my flashgun, the movement made the bird fly off towards a barn, through the window and out of the door behind me and then perched 2 metres from my hide. After a couple of minutes I saw him fly towards my setup and land again on my flashgun, at this point It was so dark I could not actually see the bird unless he was in flight. My finger was poised over the remote ready for the opportunity of a shot for what seemed an eternity but was in reality probably no more than 30 seconds. Suddenly i could see the birds white outstretched wings as it took off then immediately i could see nothing. It must have landed on the perch as I could no longer see anything so I decided to push the shutter. There on the perch was this fabulous looking owl, it took off and flew back the way it always does when it leaves the perch. My heart was racing and I was over the moon when I looked on the back of the camera and saw the image I had captured. Not the best image by a long shot and a lot of improvements needed but it was a start!.
I sat silently in the hide watching and waiting as I wanted to make sure the bird would return to the perch after I had taken the shot and the first thing I did was to switch of the flashgun commander and my camera as I did not want the temptation of trying to take another shot if he landed. Within an hour he landed on the perch took the bait and flew off. This was my cue to leave so I re-baited and left with a big grin on my face.
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