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Short-eared Owl 2009

This short sequence was taken in a brief break between heavy showers. I'd gone to one of my favourite haunts in search of kestrels. A dog walker asked whether I'd seen the owls ('No!') and then lo and behold pointed one out to me. It was at the far side of the valley, barely a speck. I fired off a number of shots and followed it with the camera as it hunted across the shrubland.

These are my first ever photos (or indeed, sighting) of a non-captive owl. Far from perfect phtographically, but a special moment for all that.

The photos were all taken with the Canon EOS 40D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. Hand held as ever, and a major task to keep the owl in focus as it flew low over the long grass. I finally lost sight of it as it descended, presumably having spotted some prey.

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