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October 13, 2012
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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Oct 13, 2012, 12:48:05 PM
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.6 (Windows)
I spotted a Northern Spotted Owl by La-Vita-a-Bella I spotted a Northern Spotted Owl by La-Vita-a-Bella
*edit* Here is the video of the owl in the first tree [link]

I got up at 3am in the hopes of getting sunrise shots of Mt. Shuksan reflecting in Picture Lake. Due to rain and clouds, I couldn't even see the mountain, let alone any sun. After taking various pictures of the fall colors, I eventually started back down the mountain. I stopped at various points of interest along the way, including a road that I thought might have good photographic opportunities. As I was making my way back down that road, I saw an owl land on a branch in a tree!!

I stopped my car and grabbed my camera!

The owl flew to a branch a bit further away, so I took a quick pic with the lens I had on, and then quickly changed to my 100-400mm lens. The owl stayed long enough for me to take pics and video and then....... flew to the branch right by my car!!! So close....just the owl and I.....and the rain. He/she seemed just as curious about me as I was about him/her. Again, the owl stayed long enough for more pics and video.

And then finally the owl flew away and I just sat there thinking how lucky I was that I had decided to drive that road.

These owls are a threatened species


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Moonrise09 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student General Artist
...Where do you live?
I've been reading the Owls of Ga'hoole series by Kathryn Lasky.
I've been really interested in owls lately. So graceful fliers. 
:owl: Heart 
AnimeWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome picture! I've only ever seen a northern spotted in person once, so this is pretty darn amazing!
lover-o-life Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist
wow. Looks like he spotted you as well
A2Matos Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Photographer
Your work has been featured in - Red Carpet: Animals Vol.1 [link]
Congratulations :D
andy-j-s Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
brilliant video.
MyLifeInFocus Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
First off, excellent shot! I absolutely love it! So clear despite the ISO, wonderful bokeh to bring out the best of the owl. Just everything about it is absolutely excellent! Wonderful job with this one!

Secondly, it's funny that sounds similar to my recent experience, I had gone for a sunrise that was very dull and disappointing, after wondering around taking a couple fall color shots I saw an owl on a branch 7-8 feet off the ground, and was able to get within 30 feet probably, the owl didn't fly off for probably another 15 minutes! :D Maybe owls only come out on cloudy days..:plotting:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Photographer
One of the main reasons I invested in the Canon 5D Mark II was the low noise at high ISO's. I have never regretted that choice because when situations like this arise, I am still able to get great shots. :love:
I haven't had enough experiences with owls to know if they come out more on cloudy days, but that's a great theory to start testing. :nod:
MyLifeInFocus Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Makes sense! Barely tell there's any noise at all.
And I doubt it a bit, but I suppose it's possible :D
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   Photographer
IngoSchobert Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice, Paula,

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