Sorry for the terrible choice of word play in title (people have no problem guessing i'm a canuck whenever we travel though)
i decided to put a full day into shooting and checked out various spots
around B Bay, picked off some bald eagles around 104th,
later checked out the S-Eared owl corral at 72nd, briefly chatted with a
fellow photog (who left before the action began) and then had an owl
proceed to fly towards my standing position 5 minutes later, sweet.
other guy who had been camped out on the far-side started moving in
fast and i told him "don't flush my bird man", he wasn't listening but
it didn't matter this time, bird hardly noticed.
The looks were pretty much the same as last time i was there and shot a few angles and then left.
at Reifel i scored looks at a pair of great Horned owls, only one was
visible for a shot and it was pretty much looking straight up at it.
and then i finally got some shots of Northern Saw-whet owls i can call my own.
I have of course seen then numerous times over the years but to date, the only pics were taken by my wife waay back when.
here is my obligatory Reifel Saw-whet, taken with tripod at ground
level and yes, with my 500mm lens pointing up (i'm stubborn that way)
the way back home i checked out Maplewood with the intention of working
a Belted kingfisher if possible (not possible this time) and since it
had been a long day already with a fair bit of driving i was ready to
head back to the car, at the car i met another photog i recognize
packing up his gear and i asked him how the shooting was, he then asked
if i got the Saw-whet owl and i was like "huh?!"
I found some
reserves of energy and walked off again down the path and finally
spotted another photog with lens pointed at tree, bingo.
A bit of
a wait and some catching up with yet another photog i know and
eventually the little bundle of feathers turned it's head briefly,
securing the shot i wanted and i knew the day was done, just after 4pm