Wildlife photography

daniella3d

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thanks, Yes it can take a lot of time in the field freezing at -30C and especially a lot of luck! Just finding them can be a challenge. Most of them are only here during winter, like the snowy owls and a rare occurence, the great gray owl and the hawk owl. Luck come when you can find a very skittish bird by nature but one odd ball is not skittish. This is what hapened with the long heared owl here, usually they are so skittish but this one was very tolerant of human presences.
 

VarunA

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Omg. That is incredible. Where do you go to find them?? I like wildlife photography as well...but I am no where close to your league.
 

daniella3d

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Omg. That is incredible. Where do you go to find them?? I like wildlife photography as well...but I am no where close to your league.
Depends which one, but the snowy owls are easy to find here, they are everywhere in winter. I remember one winter, a snowy owl spent the winter in a small area near an industrial park here and at the highway exit. there is a very small parcel of land there where the exit turn around and that bird was there most of the winter. I don't know what it was eating, maybe rats near the food plan. A lot of them starve to death in winter, especially the young owls. Also sometimes there is no snowy owls here in winter. It all depend how much food they have up north.

The great gray are cyclic, about every 8 years there is an invasion and then we can find them every where. It depend on their prey, the lemmings. this great gray was taken in 2013, during such invasion. It was in a small wood in Ottawa, ON, and there were 4 owls in that small forest alone.

The northern hawk owls are more rare, but once it find a spot, it remain there for the whole winter so eventually the word get around.

As for the third picture, I used to live in California and this little owl was taken there. There are a few of them in Florida.

The long eared owl was in a small wood near my place, but to find such bird that is not so afraid of people was a struck of luck. That was 12 years ago and never hapened again.
 

VarunA

Carnivore
Thanks for the explanation Daniella. I guess I just need to look around more carefully. I see hawks around the highways when I am driving..but never really know when/where to stop to get proper pics of them. I only have a 300mm f4, so the range isn't as great. Might have to make that plunge and get a teleconverter.
 

daniella3d

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Thanks for the explanation Daniella. I guess I just need to look around more carefully. I see hawks around the highways when I am driving..but never really know when/where to stop to get proper pics of them. I only have a 300mm f4, so the range isn't as great. Might have to make that plunge and get a teleconverter.
It's very difficult to capture a good photograph from hawk along roads as usually as soon as you stop the car, it will fly away. Rough legged hawk are very skittish. Northern owls are usually not too skittish.
 
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