Monday, February 8, 2010

Shooting "Eyes on Owls"

On Saturday during the Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend, Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes on Owls gave a lecture and demonstration. After the photo presentation, they displayed seven of their rehab owls.

While shooting the animals, I wanted accomplish two things: shoot the owls with the Wilsons and present the owls in such a way that you could compare the owls to something familiar, such as a human. Most have seen an owl. But when we see them, do we really have a meaningful scale? After all, in order to evaluate a datum, you must have at least one datum of comparable magnitude to compare it against.

In this first photograph, Marcia is holding a Northern Saw-whet owl on the left and an Eastern Screech Owl in the right hand.

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Great Horned Owl

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Snowy Owl

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Eurasian Eagle-owl

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Finally, from South America, the Spectacled Owl

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The seventh owl presented was a Barred Owl, not shown.

14 comments:

Kitty said...

I've always found owls very unnerving, and now, seening them with humans emphasises their strangeness. They seem to be on an entirely different plane to humans - and their eyes are so cold.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Thanks for sharing those wonderful shots, I've never seen so many owls up close and personal....

Judy said...

It is interesting to get the scale of these owls. My favourite shot is the snowy owl, with those golden eyes looking right at me!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

I've never seen an owl up close and personal. Once I witnessed a Great Horned Owl land in a nearby dead tree at "dark-thirty," but couldn't see any details. Their silhouette is unmistakable. Still, seeing them with people is a treat. Thank you for sharing.

Eve said...

Great pictures Steve. I think it's not too easy to get those eyes just right. That Eagle Owl is HUGE! Great comparing post. Love thoes tiny Saw-whets.

Richard said...

Great picture series Steve. I've never heard of the Eagle Owl. Boy is that a big bird. It's nice to see how the eyes are different in each bird.

Erica Houskeeper said...

Interesting post and amazing photos. The owls' eyes are so intense and beautiful.

Hundewanderer said...

They are beautiful birds, what a treat to see them up close.

Natural Moments said...

I have never seen the spectacled owl before Steve. Thanks for the glimpse into south american nature. And the snowy owl has eyes that light the way as if it were a lighthouse. Beautiful bird.

Cindy said...

Great pictures of these beautiful birds. The variety and size differences between them always surprises and amazes me.

alie said...

Dear Steve.

Are you interested in 2 power points presentations from the Netherlands, about owls?? Give me your e-mail adres please..
Greetings, Alie Bleeker.
aliebleeker@home.nl

Roy said...

Truly amazing creatures Steve.

matthew houskeeper said...

Wow! Look at those eyes.

Nishant said...

I've never seen so many owls up close and personal....

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