The Last Thing A Gopher Wants to See

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    We had a nesting owl box installed on our property early last year, because we hoped that it would help with our gopher problem, and because we like birds. Ten days later a pair of owls moved into the box, and a short time later a couple of baby barn owls were hatched. This year another pair of owls were hatched, and this is one of them coming in for a landing on top of the nest box. I wish that I hadn't cut the wings off in this shot, but I do like seeing the talons. I'm pleased to say that there's been a remarkable decline in the local rodent population.

    I lit this with an SB600 on a light stand to the right of the bird. The strobe was in TTL mode and was triggered by the pop up flash of my D90 in commander mode. The flash didn't seem to bother the birds.

    I've put together a small set of pictures relating to the owls. Here's a link to that set www.flickr.com/photos/9422878@N08/sets/72157630045851110/...

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    1. Ed's Photography 33 months ago | reply

      Congrats on Explore # 162 - 2012-06-05.

    2. rich lewis 33 months ago | reply

      Stunning capture

    3. DEGSY P. (D.Phillips Photography) 33 months ago | reply

      This is a magnificent example of
      Nature's Pot-of-Gold!

      June 2nd, one beautiful day, glorious!
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    4. brendanmccausland 33 months ago | reply

      This is a magnificent example of
      Nature's Pot-of-Gold!

      June 2nd, one beautiful day, glorious!
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    5. Tony Sparkes 33 months ago | reply

      This is a magnificent example of
      Nature's Pot-of-Gold!

      June 2nd, one beautiful day, glorious!
      Thanks for adding to
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    6. angelicacarlos10 33 months ago | reply

      This is a magnificent example of Nature's Pot-of-Gold! June 2nd, one beautiful day, glorious! Thanks for adding to Nature's Pot-of-Gold: Level 1

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    7. Karen McDonald [deleted] 33 months ago | reply

      This is a magnificent example of
      Nature's Pot-of-Gold!

      June 2nd, one beautiful day, glorious!
      Thanks for adding to
      Nature's Pot-of-Gold: Level 1

      Collect at least 8 (owl) awards and post a small-size here to receive admin invite to Nature's Pot-of-Gold: Level 2.

    8. tmltnj 33 months ago | reply

      This is a magnificent example of
      Nature's Pot-of-Gold!

      June 2nd, one beautiful day, glorious!
      Thanks for adding to
      Nature's Pot-of-Gold: Level 1

      Collect at least 8 (owl) awards and post a small-size here to receive admin invite to Nature's Pot-of-Gold: Level 2.

    9. lombrum64 33 months ago | reply

      fabulous capture

    10. Bob T... 33 months ago | reply

      Very nice work...

      Congratulations with Explore, very well deserved...

      Regards...

      Bob...

    11. wbirt1 33 months ago | reply

      I really like this one! The whole set is great. Well done!

    12. Roberto Junioor Scoralich 33 months ago | reply

      linda foto

      parabens pelo explorer

    13. BlueisCoool 33 months ago | reply

      Very nice work - congrats on being explored !

    14. pavonne 33 months ago | reply

      An excellent shot... so clear and bright.

    15. mastodont 33 months ago | reply

      Gald to see your owls are doing well. Neat capture.

    16. AceOBase 33 months ago | reply

      wow...those are some serious talons...great work helping this animals have a safe home

    17. jaciii (off&on) 28 months ago | reply

      CONGRATULATIONS ON EXPLORE WITH THIS BEAUTY OF THE NIGHT!
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