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Powerful Owl
Posted By: clackers, 09-25-2017, 05:52 PM

Spotted Pardalote, and a Powerful Owl munching on the white parrot that it would have swooped on while it was sleeping overnight. The owls eat bats, birds, possums, even small cats.

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Wow. Just beautiful.
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" Powerful " photographs Ian. Both ends of the birdie spectrum there mate. Very well captured.
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Great pics! Congrats!

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very nice! did u use flashlight for the owl?
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Both great shots. We have pardalotes that nest around the house every year but they are not very cooperative when it comes to pics. Beautiful little birds.
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very nice! did u use flashlight for the owl?
No, it's a Better Beamer Flash Extender on top of a Pentax AFG540 speedlight, Marc!

Shots I took without it by comparison are lacking details, contrast and have a green colourcast from the surrounding leaves that is difficult to post process away.
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Both great shots. We have pardalotes that nest around the house every year but they are not very cooperative when it comes to pics. Beautiful little birds.
Yeah, they do fall into the category of very interesting sounding, but small, shy and skittish.

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Impressive captures.
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Great catch of the owl clackers. It's hard to find them during the day let alone with a kill. I love the eye contact also, very nice.
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Great catch of the owl clackers. It's hard to find them during the day let alone with a kill. I love the eye contact also, very nice.
Thanks, KiloHotelphoto.

They're messy eaters, apparently, so dismembered bits under a tree trunk can be a sign to look up, you may have found a roosting place.
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Love both shots Clackers. Were these in Melbourne? The PO occasionally turn up in unlikely places like the Botanical Gardens or the Flagstaff Gardens, due to the ample supply of possums.

I've got very few shots of pardalotes, and none of them is any good. And I'm yet to see a PO, let alone photograph one. I'm envious.

I'm using fill flash more and more for birds and wildlife. When it's as subtle and understated as it is in your shots, it works wonders. Well done.
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Love both shots Clackers. Were these in Melbourne? The PO occasionally turn up in unlikely places like the Botanical Gardens or the Flagstaff Gardens, due to the ample supply of possums.

I've got very few shots of pardalotes, and none of them is any good. And I'm yet to see a PO, let alone photograph one. I'm envious.

I'm using fill flash more and more for birds and wildlife. When it's as subtle and understated as it is in your shots, it works wonders. Well done.
Thanks, mate. Yes, the pardalote was in the large Woodlands park to the north of Tullamarine Airport. The owl was in a wattle tree by the Yarra near Heidelberg.

Without the flash, the pic is like this ... it's okay, but we can do better.
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