Seen tonight on my wanderings. It was on the ground in a country lane and flew into a nearby tree as I approached.
Also seen , before it went dark , about two dozen Swallows feeding over a cornfield then perching on telegraph wires , and a flock of around 50 Goldfinches.
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Great spot and capture. I really like the way hes looking at you in the second shot. You captured a great picture with good colour and detail considering how dark it looks.
Thanks Andrew. I use a SB800 flashgun. Plenty of power to illuminate subjects at long range. This owl was about 50 feet away , beyond the reach of typical built-in flash units. At 35mm you get a guide number of 38 (metres) from the SB-800 compared to 12 with the pop up flash on the D90 camera which is itself quite powerful.
Nice one pal, well spotted, love the second one.
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Excellent capture, especially the second one. The enlargement is brilliant with great light on the eyes. You do seem to see such a lot on your nightly wanderings.
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Brilliant capture, Galatas. The flash has illuminated it beautifully. I love the way it's turned its head through 180 deg to look at you. I've never seen one at night before.
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I find bird watching in the light hard enough Galatas, but in the dark. Great spot let alone getting pictures as well.
Superb!! Gorgeous little birds!
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Thanks to everyone. It's amazing how often things you haven't seen for a while suddenly turn up twice in quick succession. I missed getting a photo of the Little owl I saw on Friday night only to have this one turn up on Sunday in a completely different area. Earlier in the week I saw my first ever Black-tailed Skimmer and another the very next day , again at a completely different location.