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Tawny owl

I was sitting in my car in the corner of a field watching the evening light fade away when a Tawny owl called behind me. I could only think of one old, hollow tree in the hedge it called from and 20 minutes later drove round and parked close to it.  After a few minutes the owl popped out and posed wonderfully for me, but I had no cameras set up. I have been back 7 evenings now and it has never posed quite so well. Mostly I just get head shots as it peers out of its hole. By going around the front of the tree I can get the whole owl, but only by using flash as there is no natural light from that angle. The setting sun lights up the side of the tree. I am going to set up a trap camera tonight and see where else he lands after dark. Maybe he uses the fence posts opposite the tree, which could make a nice picture. I left food out for him last night, but he didn’t touch it.

As I drove away last night in the dark I miss-judged where a muddy hole was and got the car stuck. I have everything in the car for extracting it, planks, spades, ropes and a hand winch, but in the dark it is never fun. So I called my friend Pete with his old Skoda to come and pull me out. Once he got there it only took seconds to get me free.

All taken with Canon EOS 1d Mk1v. 800mm lens. 1600 iso except for the flashed full bodied image, which was 800 iso. Portable canvas hide. #gallery-529-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-529-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-529-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-529-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */

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