bird photography : barred owl

Walking the nature trail at Paynes Prairie near Gainesville, FL, John and Beth overheard the unmistakable call of 'Who-cooks-for-you? Who-cooks-for-you-all?' and knew a Barred Owl lurked somewhere nearby.  They expected the owl to be difficult to spot given the lush green foliage, but Beth found him only a few feet away right on the edge of the path!  In fact, the owl was so close by that John could barely fit him into the frame of his 420mm lens.
Walking the nature trail at Paynes Prairie near Gainesville, FL, John and Beth overheard the unmistakable call of 'Who-cooks-for-you? Who-cooks-for-you-all?' and knew a Barred Owl lurked somewhere nearby. They expected the owl to be difficult to spot given the lush green foliage, but Beth found him only a few feet away right on the edge of the path! In fact, the owl was so close by that John could barely fit him into the frame of his 420mm lens.
Equipment:Canon EOS 30D
Canon EF 300mm f4L IS with 1.4x Teleconverter
Settings:f8; 1/30 sec.; focal length at 420 mm; ISO 800
Date:June 2, 2006 11:06 am
Location:Paynes Prairie Preserve / Gainesville, FL
Photography Notes:
John had not yet assembled his Better Beamer flash extender and thus got caught with a poor shutter speed in capturing this Barred Owl's photo, but between his monopod and the lens' IS feature, the picture came out amazingly sharp for its far less than optimal shutter speed.
 



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