I have observed and photographed a pair of Barred Owl Fledglings for several weeks (July 2018) at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This pair is in an area that’s called Miner’s Cove. I am able to sit in my pickup on the side of the road to photograph them and the parents. The Barred Owl parents catch crayfish from the water to feed the Fledglings. I was unable to get photos of them being fed.
You can view a higher resolution of these Owls here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/screek/43283520671/
How I Got The Shot – Barred Owl Fledglings
I like to park at Miner’s Cove before daylight and listen to the hoot of the Barred Owls. When the sun starts to rise I hear the fledglings begin calling for food to be brought to them.
This area has lots of crayfish and the adult Barred Owls will fly over the pool of water and pluck crayfish from it. I have tried many times to photograph this but I have been unsuccessful. They are in the willow trees and when they spot a crayfish they will quickly fly down and grab the crayfish.
This is a small area and most of the time I am unable to get on the Owl quick enough. One of my main problems is that when they are catching crayfish it is in low light. I need to be able to shoot at a high shutter speed to catch the action and I am not able to do this in this area at that time of day. I will keep trying!
A Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with a Canon EF 100 – 400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens with a EF 1.4X III extender attached. The camera and lens were resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.
- AV Mode
- Back-button focus
- Aperture f8
- ISO 1000
- Shutter speed 1/320
- Auto White Balance
- Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
- Evaluative Metering
- Focal Length 560 mm