The Last Thing A Gopher Wants to See

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/...

  • Ed Siciliano 3y

    Congrats on Explore # 162 - 2012-06-05.
  • Richard lewis 3y

    Stunning capture
  • DEREK PHILLIPS 3y

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

    June 2nd, one beautiful day, glorious!
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  • brendanmccausland 3y

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

    June 2nd, one beautiful day, glorious!
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  • gato-gato-gato 3y

    Feines Bild.
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  • Tony Sparkes 3y

    This is a magnificent example of
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    June 2nd, one beautiful day, glorious!
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  • Angelica Carlos 3y

    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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  • Karen McDonald 3y

    This is a magnificent example of
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    June 2nd, one beautiful day, glorious!
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  • tmltnj 3y

    This is a magnificent example of
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    June 2nd, one beautiful day, glorious!
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  • tony brown 3y

    fabulous capture
  • Pury Photography 3y

    Betty Rose by Pury Delucca Photography

    Extraordinary shot!!!
  • Bob Thompson 3y

    Very nice work...

    Congratulations with Explore, very well deserved...

    Regards...

    Bob...
  • wbirt1 3y

    I really like this one! The whole set is great. Well done!
  • Roberto Junior Scoralich 3y

    linda foto

    parabens pelo explorer

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  • Scott 3y

    Very nice work - congrats on being explored !
  • pavonne 3y

    An excellent shot... so clear and bright.
  • Bob Callebert 3y

    Gald to see your owls are doing well. Neat capture.
  • Stuart Baxter 3y

    wow...those are some serious talons...great work helping this animals have a safe home
  • jaciii (off&on) 3y

    CONGRATULATIONS ON EXPLORE WITH THIS BEAUTY OF THE NIGHT!
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Taken on June 3, 2012
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