Discussion in 'Nature & Wildlife' started by zombiesniper, Feb 24, 2019.
Snowy by Trevor Baldwin, on Flickr
Very regal, beautiful shot.
Another nice one!
Nice shot! These sowys are so beautiful! How do you find these owls? I was searching for them and without success. Once I was in the forest listening to them and recording the owl calls , here where I live, lives the Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) and I hear the Tawny owl (Strix aluco). I don´t know how to find them. Are there some tricks or something?
It really depends on the owl type.
Snowy owls are one of the easy owls to find since they like open fields that mimic the arctic tundra that they are used to. Because of this they'll often be found on top of poles or in fields.
Other owls such as Screech owls will take over holes created by woodpeckers. They also primarily hunt at night and rest during the day. To find these type you have to look in holes that are about diner plate sized in trees. Sunny days are better since they like to warm themselves and will be seen at the entrance to the hole.
Owls such as Saw whet owls are also nocturnal but during the day they like to hide near the trunk of a spruce tree near the 6-10' level.
The best advice I can give you is to learn the habitat that they hunt and roost in. Also learn some of the signs such as pellets at the base of trees/poles or excellent on the trunks of trees. These are great indicators that an owl frequents a location.
You may also wish to befriend other wildlife photographers in your area. Myself and Jr. regularly meet up with other photographers to go out and shoot. We all learn from each other and the more eye's and the multiple experience levels can make it easier to find/learn to find your prey.
One last thing to keep in mind is the stewardship aspect of photographing wildlife. You want to learn what is a comfortable distance from the subject. Some species can be harmed just by getting too close and stressing them. Add to that some may be endangered. Keep this in ind when you're excited and want to get the shot. We'll all make mistakes in with this part (me included) but we should try to learn from it.
I'm going out of town tonight for a bit but I'm back on the 10th. Bump me then and I'll look into the specific owls and see if I can find any signs that may help locate them.
Also have a look here for your area for general locations of sightings. https://ebird.org/species/eueowl1
Its a really good shot......
Really nice shot and great response with your reply above.
I´m living in Albstadt for 6 years and till now I don´t know anybody who shoots wildlife. I asked in a group on facebook but without success. I meet sometimes other wildlife photographers at some hotspots but they are all from other places. 30km from here is a canyon where flows the Danube river and I want to check that place out because there are lots of stony cliffs just like on these pictures on ebird. Maybe there I can see some stone and cliffs full of pellets. I respect nature and animals and I don´t chase them. If it's about a very shy animal then I´m hiding and waiting till it comes to me, sometimes I can predict its movement and I position myself so that it will fly by or come closer... It happened earlier and I regret it, I disturbed it and I didn't get the shot, and we all like when we take a shot of their natural behavior. Thanks for all the tips, I have to take a long hike at that canyon maybe I see some clues. I was once in Kikinda, that's a town in Serbia, every December there are hundreds of Long-eared owls (Asio otus) in that little town. In that time I had just a point and shoot camera, and those are the only owl shots that I have. You are being redirected...
Awesome pic, gotta love owls! Which lens for that and how far away were you, appx.?
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