Great Horned Owl Watching Me

I arrive at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge before sunrise. I was parked near the office, enjoying a quick breakfast and coffee before heading to photograph on the auto tour road. I noticed an Owl flying across the road in front of me. I thought it was a Barred Owl, but when it landed in a nearby tree, I saw that it was a Great Horned Owl. It had a Crow harassing it. I didn’t have enough light to photograph this encounter. After watching the Owl for a few minutes, I saw that it flew back across the road and landed in a tree closer to the road. I moved my pickup to get in a better location to photograph this Owl. When I moved, the Owl once again flew across the road and landed in a nearby tree. I decided to wait and see if it would come back. After a few minutes, it did. I was able to get the below photo.

Great Horned Owl Peeking
Great Horned Owl

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

Technical:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: April 8, 2022 (06:08 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/800
  • ISO: 6400 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal [Read More…]
2022-12-28T05:09:38-06:00April 11, 2022|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Great Horned Owl Watching Me

Great Horned Owl In Willow Tree

I photographed this Great Horned Owl in a willow tree at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

How I Got The Photo:

This Owl was near the road that takes you to the Moody Boat Ramp. It was also near Trotter’s Pond.

I had my camera resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: Canon EF 800 mm f/11

Technical:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: July 20, 2021 (7:42 A.M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11 (Fixed)
  • Shutter speed: 1/640
  • ISO: 6400 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Continues Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0
  • Focal Length: 800 mm
  • Processed With Luminar

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2022-12-30T15:41:15-06:00July 27, 2021|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Great Horned Owl In Willow Tree

A Great Horned Owl With The Head Of A Pied-billed Grebe

How I Got The Shot: Great Horned Owl With The Head Of A Pied-billed Grebe

I have been seeing a Horned Owl near the same location while driving the auto tour road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It would be close to the road just before sunrise, but it would move away from the road when I drove into the area.

On this day I had my window down and when I got into the area, I could hear several Horned Owls communicating with each other. They were next to the road. I observed one Owl giving another Owl the head of a Pied-billed Grebe. I didn’t have enough light to photograph this exchange. After the exchange I started photographing the Owl with the head, anyway. My ISO was high and my shutter speed was low, so I didn’t expect the photos to turn out.

A baby Horned Owl was in another tree across the road from the adult Owl. This Owl was in a terrible area for a photo. They flew to an area away from the road and too far for me to photograph.

I was hand-holding my camera and lens outside my pickup. I braced the camera on the frame of my pickup to keep it steady to get the photo. It pleasantly surprised [Read More…]

2021-03-30T08:01:32-05:00March 30, 2021|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , |Comments Off on A Great Horned Owl With The Head Of A Pied-billed Grebe

Great Horned Owl

I photographed this Great Horned Owl back in September 2011 at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I saw a pair last year but didn’t get a good photo of them. I have not seen one this year but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I do.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

How I Got The Photo – Great Horned Owl

I photographed this Owl while standing outside my pickup. I was using the door as a brace to keep my camera steady.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III
  • Lens: Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS

Technical:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date & Time Taken: September 19, 2011 (08:04:18 A.M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f6.3
  • Shutter speed: 1/640 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 800
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Exposure Bias: 0 EV
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point Continuous Auto Focus
  • Focal Length: 500 mm
  • Processed With Luminar 4

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  1. Adult Barred Owl
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  3. Another Photo Opportunity With A Barred Owl
2020-09-19T10:05:02-05:00September 22, 2020|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Great Horned Owl
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