Golden Owls ☀️ It was an early, chilly morning for burrowing owls and me, all three of us shivering, while neighbourhood dogs passed by.
One of the owls has marbled eyes 😍
"It's Friday! Shake your tail feather!"
Photo: Dylan Jon Wade Cox
A Barred Owl decides to shake it out for the camera while basking in the soft glow of sunset lighting diffused by the trees. Who new that owls had funny chunky legs like this?! There I was in the perfect position hiding in the bushes with wet shoes, surrounded by a mosquito swarm, and crawling around for the perfect shot. (totally worth it) I like to shoot handheld when I can because I feel it puts me more and in the moment and able to move faster. However, my big Nikon D500 camera + battery grip & 500mm lens weighs close to 10 pounds and can be quite heavy while holding it out for a photo. It is basically like dealing with a giant photo telescope. I found a tree to brace my lens on for support to help with sharper images. I just made sure I was in high speed shooting mode at 10 FPS (frames per second) and that is right when this owl decided to give me this show. I just ripped away about 20 photos and this was my favorite. I love the twinkly shimmer in the eyes of the Barred Owl and how calm and relaxed it looks. I think owls look calm and relaxed most of the time though. I have been spending a lot more times with owls lately and have might quite a few new feathery friends where I know their general locations they nest at.
All I could think about was this Dave Matthews Band lyric: "Hike up your skirt a little more and show the world to me." Thanks for the show owl and showing me your world lol.
Camera: Nikon D500
Lens: 200-500 mm f/5.6
Shot at 230 mm
Exposure: 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 3200
Handheld - No Crop - I liked the composition too much.
Date: June 6, 2018 6:30:10PM
Location: Sarasota, FL