Gary Schafer  

Burrowing Owls by Gary Schafer

August 2019 - Burrowing Owls

About the Image(s)

This photo is of two Burrowing Owl owlets who were at the entrance to a burrow where their nest was located. I was told of some possible nests in the back of a church on the outskirts of Coral Springs Florida and drove to the location just before sunrise one morning. I observed a parent fly from and return with food to a burrow and crept to a location far enough from the burrow so as not to disturb them and yet be able to set up a tripod and mount my Canon 5D IV with a Canon 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 L IS II attached. The shot was taken shortly after sunrise. The two owlets had come out from the burrow to wait for the parent to return with food. The photo was taken with the settings: F9, ISO 800, SS 1/3200 and a focal length of 400mm. I used the high shutter speed in hopes of capturing a shot of the parent in flight but it proved to be a good choice as these two were bobbing and hopping around.


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