Branching Owlet

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Screech Owlet landing in Fern Lake. I was only able to capture one late afternoon of branching baby owls at this nest before they moved higher into the grand oaks. I feel especially privileged to witness the fledging of several screech owl nests this year. Side lit by the light bouncing off a small stream of water, beamer was use to balance the shadow.
1Dx | 200-400L | 1/1600 | f/4.5 | ISO8000 | Fill Flash w/ Beamer | Bradenton, Florida

Baby Barred Owl

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During the early part of the nesting season, there was a period of about 15 minutes where the golden afternoon light would shine upon the nest.  I had been hoping to  capture the baby owlet during that time.  Unfortunately, by the time the baby was old enough, the angle of light had changed and would only light up part of the nest.  This image was captured during the first Saturday the baby made an appearance.  It was looking up at the female barred owl that was preening high on a perch.  I love how the light illuminates the baby barred owl, giving it a mysterious sense to the image.  I opted not to add fill flash in this shot.

1Dx | 1200mm | 1/320 | f/8 | ISO6400 | Manual Mode

Feeding

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March 5th, 2014

The feeding activity has increased within that week.  This image was captured after the female barred owl has left the nest for a short period of time.  She came back with a prey and stood on the edge of the nest.  After starring at the owlets for about a minute, she slowly stepped into the cavity.

1Dx | 840mm | 1/160 | f/8 | ISO3200 | Fill Flash | Manual | Full Frame