Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

It is not often that one gets the chance to photograph a Barn Owl (Tyto alba)..so here is another image that I digi-scoped over the weekend.

For the technically minded I used my pocket Samsung Digimax through a zoom lens set at 20x on a Swarovski ATS 80HD scope (Auto exposure 1/180 at f4.1 ISO 200)

20 comments:

  1. Beautiful and well done! I don't think that Barn owl could've posed for you in a more perfect spot!!

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  2. Oh Frank, that is such a beautiful owl. Barn Owls are exterpated from my state- I've never seen one. I read a poem once, kind of a valentine about Barn Owls and their heart-shaped faces. I'll email it to you if I can find it.

    Awesome photo.

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  3. I love the look of a barn owl. He is beautiful. I want to learn about digi-scoping and was going to ask you about what you use, but you already provided the info! Thanks!

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  4. That was a great shot, Frank. I think you've solved the mystery of how many legs this bird has! For the first time, it appears to be resting on its left leg. In all previous shots it had been only showing its right leg.
    Cheers, Graham.

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  5. Lucky you to get that picture. He looks so cute in it. Great photo!

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  6. They have such a unique look to them, esp. with eyes closed. Brilliant shot Frank!

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  7. A lovely photo Frank, what a beautiful bird the Barn Owl is, we used to hear Owls at night but sadly as the area has become more built up I haven't heard one for some years.

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  8. Always a great bird to get a photo of. Nice one.

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  9. Hi everyone. Once again thank you for your appreciative comments about this 'special' Owl. The local birders have been watching it for many months so I was delighted that it was perched & posed at the 'front door' for me.

    Lynne, I hope you can find the poem, it would make a nice follow up.

    Kelly - Glad to oblige. If I can provide any further help just e-mail me direct.

    Graham, I'm pleased if I have solved the mystery - bear in mind this pic was taken on our return walk & shot head on wheras previous posted pic was taken a.m. from a different direction.

    Shelly, Kim, Jane, NW NN & Warren: Cute,unique & a definite 'poser'. By the way Kim, HE might be a SHE!

    Thanks Jan. I also cannot remember if or when I last saw a BO in Surrey so this sighting made it all the more special.

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  10. Perfection! What a great experience for you! I have yet to photograph an owl in my woods. Just beautiful, Frank!

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  11. Leedra, I'm very pleased to be fortunate to share an image of this special Owl.

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  12. Spookydragonfly I am delighted to hear from you bearing in mind your 'connection' problems. While I was promised a probable view of the owl, actually being able to capture an image was extra special.

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  13. I was hoping to see a Barn Owl on my recent visit to California, but never did. They are such beautiful birds. How lucky you got to see one out in the wild.

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  14. Hi Ruthie. Beautiful I agree & an experience to remember.

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  15. I had a Barn Owl in my yard once. Very cool!

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  16. Tucker, now that would be awesome.

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  17. Very nice, I have yet to see one in the wild! I have been trying to digi-scope with my Vortex and thus far haven't had much good luck.

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  18. Chad. Thanks for stopping by. Digi-scoping is definitely easier when the subject stands still. All I can say is keep trying. Frank.

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