In Search of Owls

Nigel along with the Brampton Photo Group invited me on one of their outings in the hopes of capturing the snowy owl up in the Holland Marsh area. The area is known for wintering snowy owls but I had yet to check the area out so I jumped at the chance to join the group. 

As we drove in to the area we spotted a beautiful red-tailed hawk hanging out in a tree. Unluckily for me he was too far for my lens to get a great shot of him (or her) but that always seems to be the case for birds. Maybe when I’m rich and famous I can purchase a much longer lens.

Red-Tailied Hawk

Red-Tailied Hawk

After driving around and seeing some more hawks (these were much further out and flying) we finally spotted a snowy owl. And of course he was just out of reach for a great photo.

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

It’s times like these that I say “stick with landscapes Sue they are much easier to capture”.

Ramshackled

Ramshackled

Course that’s not really true. You can get a great shot of a bird it just takes loads of patience and time. We were limited on time and I think some people were limited on patience but hey that’s okay.  We all have those days. It’s what you make of it that counts. 

Airport Hawks

One of the toughest things to do is find inspiration from a scene that you had hoped would give you something good. When Nigel picked me up today and suggested we check out the hawks around the airport I was pretty psyched to try out some bird photography.  Once out there I realized this would be a lot more challenging than I thought. Finding a hawk was the first goal. It took awhile but we did finally spot one pair in the distance.

Hawk overhead

Hawk overhead

Patience is definitely a virtue when it comes to birds. The two hawks we spotted were hunting so they were up and down quite a bit. I think one may have caught something but it was so far out of range of the 500mm lens it just wasn’t worth snapping the shot. (I still did because I was apparently feeling hopeful for some reason – yes some of us, even though we know its not going to be a good photo, still take the shot anyway).

Soaring

Soaring

Not the successful kind of day I had hoped for but that happens from time to time. The point is even if you don’t get spectacular shots its all about getting out there and being in the moment. Getting out and shooting regardless of the results helps us all become better photographers at the end of the day.