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Today's Short Eared Owl

Another trip to try to get closer to the Short Eared Owls, they do like to keep their distance.

E-M1 II, 300mm Pro & MC-14.

Short Eared Owl by David Goodwin, on Flickr

Short Eared Owl by David Goodwin, on Flickr

Short Eared Owl by David Goodwin, on Flickr

Short Eared Owl by David Goodwin, on Flickr

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Re: Today's Short Eared Owl

Third shot for me, with his undercarriage down !
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Re: Today's Short Eared Owl

Like the facial expression in #2 - Did he catch what he was after?
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Re: Today's Short Eared Owl

Excellent set Dave, lucky to see anything here, except mist and fog!
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Re: Today's Short Eared Owl

Great set Dave. They all really show off the focusing accuracy which mode were you using?
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Re: Today's Short Eared Owl

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Like the facial expression in #2 - Did he catch what he was after?
Thank you.

Sadly not, I would have liked to have managed an image with the bird and it's prey.

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Excellent set Dave, lucky to see anything here, except mist and fog!
Thanks for your kind comment.

Thursday's weather was beautiful here however, yesterday was foggy and grey, today has been grey so far.

Isn't it always the way when you want to get out and practice with a new camera?

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Great set Dave. They all really show off the focusing accuracy which mode were you using?
Thanks for commenting, it's appreciated.

The AF is fast, accurate and excellent, these images were taken using Aperture mode, iso 200, C-AF and Tracking with either 9 box or 5 box focus points, mostly 9.

I have no doubt this kit will produce stunning images, all we need is to get closer to the subjects.

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Like the facial expression in #2 - Did he catch what he was after?
Out of interest, can you actually tell that the owl is a "he"?
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Out of interest, can you actually tell that the owl is a "he"?
Good point - hopefully the birders will give us a full explanation.
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Re: Today's Short Eared Owl

Cracking images, and I love the way they have that 'sculpted' look standing out from the background.

That's surely the mark of perfect focusing and excellent microcontrast, and this seems until now to have been rarely achieved outside high end DSLR kit (not that I'm in any way an expert, but I do see a lot of top wildlife images taken by a number of specialists in our club).

I suppose APSC and FF kit will always have the advantage of coping with a bigger crop, which would answer more easily your comment about getting closer, but in the right hands and with a bit of luck, Oly can certainly now deliver!
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Cracking images, and I love the way they have that 'sculpted' look standing out from the background.

That's surely the mark of perfect focusing and excellent microcontrast, and this seems until now to have been rarely achieved outside high end DSLR kit (not that I'm in any way an expert, but I do see a lot of top wildlife images taken by a number of specialists in our club).

I suppose APSC and FF kit will always have the advantage of coping with a bigger crop, which would answer more easily your comment about getting closer, but in the right hands and with a bit of luck, Oly can certainly now deliver!
Thanks Mark,

I'm pleased with the way the Mark II has performed so far, after only three outings.

These images are all heavy crops however, the camera/sensor seems to be able to cope with this.

As usual when you have new kit to try, all the subjects found so far have stayed a long way off in the distance.

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No News on sexing the Owl then
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Re: Today's Short Eared Owl

Lovely set. Number 3 definitely the winner for me!
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I can't help with that, I'm a photographer who likes to take images of birds.

Maybe one of our birders who likes to take photographs would know?

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