Peter Cheung  

Short-eared Owl by Peter Cheung

June 2020 - Short-eared Owl

About the Image(s)

This photo was taken in Standwood, WA in Dec, 2016. In winter, short-eared owls can be seen at several spots in Puget Sound area. Unlike many other owls, short-eared owls hunt during the day so they are easier to photography than other owls that are active at night. I was lucky enough to capture an owl catching a rodent. However, most of my shots were out-of-focus or motion blur because their sizes are small, flying very fast but randomly and very low on the ground to look for prey. My camera settings are Nikon D810, Nikon 200-500mm, f/6.3, 500mm, iso-2000, 1/400 secs. I think I should pump up the shuttle speed more.

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6 comments posted

Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
I'm a newbie to this group, so I hope my comments will be helpful
BIFs are one of my favorite subjects and I love this shot. My experience is to stay above 1/1000 sec and preferably 1/2000 or higher. The speed of wing tips can be quite high even for larger birds. Higher ISOs may be needed, and the latest Nikon sensors seem to have really low noise at higher ISOs. I prefer to get the sharpness when needed and deal with whatever noise there is in post processing.

Cheers!   Posted: 06/06/2020 14:34:52

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Peter, we look like a birding group this month. I am impressed by anybody who can capture a bird in flight, carrying his dinner no less. The eye is nice and sharp, the background well blurred; and I bow to Ham's experienced suggestion on increasing the shutter speed.   Posted: 06/15/2020 18:36:12

Subhash Sapru   Subhash Sapru
very nice shot of bird in flight and carrying the catch. The image is sharp and well done, but my only concern is that I would have kept a little more space in front of the bird as that enhances the impact of the subject.   Posted: 06/16/2020 02:25:47

Gunter Haibach   Gunter Haibach
A very challenging subject. From my experience, a lot of 'trial and error' involved. You certainly captured this Owl in a great position - especially with mouse being carried. Although some of the bird is sharp, overall it could be a bit sharper. My way of shooting this kind of scene - 1/2500, ISO2000, f8, continuous auto-focus, 10 frames per second. And for some reason, I prefer the bird flying from left to right, so i would flip this photo.   Posted: 06/20/2020 09:10:03

Peter Curcio   Peter Curcio
The owl is crisp and clear. Detail around the eye adds to the sharpness of the image. The blurred background adds to the scene and enhances the photo. Very nice capture.   Posted: 06/20/2020 18:50:15

Howard Frank   Howard Frank
Nice capture of a bird in flight.The eye is nice and bright and good detail. It's great that you captured its catch.   Posted: 06/22/2020 14:08:06