Tagged: predator

Eastern Screech Owl youngsters

Eastern Screech owls are among one of the most common owls in many areas, but their small size and retiring nature make them very difficult to find. Nesting in cavities, their whinnying and spooky calls can be heard most readily at night in the mating season. Many people are shocked when they find out that these owls often live close to their homes in ravines and other natural areas.

A few years ago I was fortunate enough to learn of an Eastern Screech owl family that had nested in a local park. While extremely hard to find (and often only found because of other birds mobbing them), I had a few successful photo sessions with them. The young “owlet” fledglings were especially cute with their comical, big eyes and downy feathers. To my surprise and disappointment, I have not been able to find them this year, and only saw them briefly early in the season last year.

I’ll post some adults next!

Eastern Screech

Eastern Screen Owl youngster (click to enlarge) - Canon 1DIII 600IS x1.4

Baby Screech Owl

Curious baby Screech Owl (click to enlarge) - Canon 1DIII 600IS x1.4

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Red Foxes

This past winter I had some incredible opportunities with red fox. Surprisingly, this pair hunted right near the road and were accommodating enough to allow for some really close photos. How close is close? I was able to capture many images using just a 70-200mm lens with 1.4x teleconverter, which is not only a very short focal length for a wild animal, but also gave great flexibility in framing.

Here are two photos of the female (vixen) that I particularly liked. I believe there are several more worthy of posting.

Red Fox Portrait

Red Fox Portrait (click to enlarge) Full frame image with Canon 1DIV + 800/f5.6IS

Red Fox stalking prey

Red Fox stalking prey (click to enlarge) - Canon 1DIV 70-200 x1.4

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