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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Short Eared Owl

Every now and again there comes along a Wildlife encounter that will live long in my memory, and this is one that certainly will.
Last Friday I set out in the hope of photographing a Short Eared Owl that was hunting on coastal land not far from home, I would have been completely satisfied with some nice flight shots, what I didn't expect was to be sat 15 yards away from it perched up for over half an hour.
Almost immediately after arriving as I was still getting the camera ready, the Owl was out and hunting over the long grass, just out of range for quality images but still ok as I was still flapping about trying to get the tripod up etc.
It was quite a windy morning which was making it difficult for the bird and it perched on a post about 100 yards away. I made the decision to try and get a bit closer, and over the next 10 minutes I literally  crawled through the long grass, getting closer and closer, and by the time I was 20 yards away I was wet through but had a great view of it.
It was so relaxed in my presence, it was continually dozing off, but when it opened them big yellow eyes.....wow!!  Anyway I got the shots that I wanted and then spent a long time just admiring and enjoying this stunning bird in the time it afforded me before it was off into the distance.

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6 comments:

  1. Well you won't forget this one, but there will be more events like this to keep you buzzin'....Great Stuff Gary.

    For the record, I've never before seen so many SEO's reported over the past weeks, all over the place in our area, Lanc's, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and beyond so not sure what's going on here.

    Best Wishes.

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  2. Wonderful photos of the Short Eared Owl!
    Regards,
    JR

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  3. Stunning pics Gary! A great encounter!

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  4. ...Sending hoots from across the pond.. found you from a reference photo the Art Sherpa used from PMP..
    Seriously Beautiful Pictures!! keep 'em coming!

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  5. Great stuff Gary, brilliant images!!!!

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  6. I fell in love with this fantastic photo shot.thanks for sharing such a beautiful work.

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Thanks for dropping by, any comments you may have are greatly appreciated.
Gary