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11-30-2011, 01:00 PM   #346
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Congrats, Ivoire! Any tips on finding/shooting owls? I'd really like to give it a try.

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Congrats, Ivoire! Any tips on finding/shooting owls? I'd really like to give it a try.
I've gotten very lucky with them in Florida. I did a web search to see where others were finding them and then went camping or on 'stake-outs'. They usually start getting active during early evening and then disappear towards sunup. Once you know the general vicinity to find them just sit quietly, watch and listen. Then you have to be stealthy to track them down. Most of my success has been pure luck. they are more active in the spring mating season. heres a pair out of their burrow during late evening. Wish you luck and be patient, it took me a couple days to find them and a day to get a few pics (but i love the hunt). Heres a Marlyand starting point:

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Habitat/WildAcres/waowls.asp

http://extension.umd.edu/publications/pdfs/FS795.pdf

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I love those owl shots ivoire! It sounds like it takes a lot of patience to get them.
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Looks to me like a pair of Chestnut Teals. From Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea) - Birds in Backyards Fact sheet:

The Chestnut Teal is found on wetlands and estuaries in coastal regions, and is one of the few ducks able to tolerate high salinity waters, although it still needs fresh water for drinking.

Finally got reasonably close to a perching bird, a hermit thrush I am pretty sure. This about a 50% crop from the DA* 200, with some PP work to brighten the shadowed parts of the bird, and to tame the glare from the branch.
That's a beauty. I know how difficult it is to get those little guys. Great job!

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I love those owl shots ivoire! It sounds like it takes a lot of patience to get them.
Thanks. Talking to local people about birds will usually get you some directions as to where they are or may be. Then its just a question of putting in the time. Sometimes you get very lucky. While walking on a boardwalk someone said hey, theres a sleeping owl. It was quite a ways away and buried in the bush, but i got this barred owl without any real effort

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Thanks, Ivoire--and the links are very helpful!
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What may be one of many diseased seals of the Arctic.
Thanks for that link and that is one of the saddest looking creatures I've seen.

Looking through the pages so many great wildlife shots here. Starting small with a pika.






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Thanks for that link and that is one of the saddest looking creatures I've seen.
Your very welcome. There some new reports saying that some Pacific Walrus are being affected by the same disease. You have nice images on your Flickr stream.
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Your very welcome. There some new reports saying that some Pacific Walrus are being affected by the same disease. You have nice images on your Flickr stream.
Thanks, very much appreciated.
That's really too bad. Hope it's just nature running it's course and the population doesn't suffer too much. Too many animals struggling for survival as it is.
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Excellent shot, love the detail and its difficult to get it with black birds

WWIFA.... very cool pika pics
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I sold the K20D and Tamron 70-200 f2.8 quite a while ago, but found this pic recently

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I like that, Ivoire!
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Broad-winged hawks

I saw "my" hawks on a recent trip to the store. Watched them for a quick 5 minutes and this was the best of the bunch:


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but found this pic recently
Thanks, and that's pretty cool. Looks like he's swimming in oil. And those owls are awesome!
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Very nice. Not familiar with this one except in bird books. Love the color of the eye!
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Broad-winged hawks
Really nice capture diving off the perch! We don't have this species around here.
Nice pics this page.
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