Friday, April 17, 2009

Refreshed...

We had not been out to the strip pits in while...I had a strong urge to go this evening and Roger was about as eager to get out there as I was.
We were not disappointed, though this owl is about the only thing I photographed.
I think the one above and below are probably my best so far...I think you will be happy if you click and enlarge them.
He didn't set there too long before he flew away. None of the ones I got him flying away are in focus, but you get a feel for him with this one.
He was the second owl we saw. Besides him, we saw pheasant. Half a dozen of them...two or three of which were females. I did get a head shot of one running away...they are so quick! I could not get a good capture of one no matter how I tried.

There were several pairs of geese out there, we saw herons flying over, and lots and lots of red-winged blackbirds, but I am kind of wondering. We did not see a single Northern Harrier...and the last time we were out there were only saw one or two.

The sky was beautiful, as you can see from the first picture. The sunset did not seem to last as long as usual though...but maybe that was cause I was so focused on seeing how many pheasants and owls I could spot.

12 comments:

T said...

That last shot of the Owl is beautiful!

I miss seeing them. We don't get to many of them living in the burbs.....maybe I'll head out to the parks this summer and get lucky.

Judy said...

Oh you lucky duck...I have been trying to photograph an owl that has lived around my home for so long. I just can't seem to catch him when the lighting is good.

Mary said...

Getting out feels so good! I'd be thrilled to see "just an owl". Good shots!

Abe Lincoln said...

I like your owl photographs a lot. I don't ever get to see owls around here.

don said...

Your owl shots look very good to me. What an interesting face this bird has. Nice shooting.

Deborah Godin said...

Great shot of the wing-spread! You always get great stuff when you're "in the pits" :-)

Leedra said...

"They say" any day you see an eagle is a good day. I think it also applies to an owl.

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Your EG Tour Guide said...

I have never ever caught an owl with my camera! I especially like the one of the owl flying away. I'm amazed at how long the wing is!

Carletta said...

These are great Rose and yes, I wish I had been there with you. Very nice owl pics and I love the reflection of the sunset in the water.
Tell Sarah Happy Birthday for me and you and Neal give each other a hug for me.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Rose
I love the owl shots.. apart from it's beauty.. thoses claws and beak are awesome tools of its trade. I think of all the birds I like raptors the best.

Tom.

Barb said...

I love your owl pics...we hear them but very seldom see them near our house! The wooded area in back of us seems to be the spot we hear the call from! Thank you for sharing, and have a wonderful weekend! It is beautiful in PA today!

fishing guy said...

Rose: Great photos of the owl.

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