Great Horned Owl

 

Great Horned OwlGreat Horned Owl

It was strange having the motorhome to ourselves last night after having Matt & Sarah here for 12 days.  Teddy seems to enjoy the lack of activity as well.  Today started off very foggy which made pickleball a little difficult this morning.  It took forever for the fog to finally burn off.  Footing on the courts get a little slippery when it is foggy.  Chris registered Teddy for obedience and agility training which starts next week.  We have a number of friends who have also registered their dogs for the same classes so it should be a lot of fun.  Chris played pickleball with the neighbourhood ladies group while I looked after Teddy.  There is a skills tournament this weekend but neither of us are playing in it.  It’s hard finding partners when we aren’t here full time and practicing with the same partner.  I volunteered to take photos of all the action so readers can expect to see quite a few shots beginning Saturday.

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While walking Teddy this afternoon, I checked out the tall pine trees lining the road near our motorhome.  We’ve seen some owls in the trees over the last week or so and sure enough there was a small one tucked away high up in the pine needles.  Later this afternoon though, after Chris got back from grocery shopping, I loaded up my camera gear and headed all of one minute down the road to see if the owl or it’s mate may be more visible in the the late afternoon sun.  I was very happy to see this adult great horned owl sunning itself on a branch that was fairly wide open to my camera angle.  It took me a minute or two to set up my 600mm lens with 2X extender attached.  The 1200mm focal length gave me pretty well a full frame shot of the owl as it sat about 250 ft away.  The owl spent much of it’s time eying a pesky squirrel on a nearby branch but I’m sure the squirrel knew it was not in any immediate danger from a roosting great horned owl.  I had to reload the v1.1.1 firmware update for my Canon 1DX in order to get the camera’s auto focus system to work properly with the 600 lens + 2X extender but that didn’t take more than a minute or two.  Judging by these two shots the auto focus is working just fine.

2 Comments

  1. Mark January 4, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    He’s a beauty for sure! Thanks for stopping by Pam

  2. Pam January 3, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    Wow–I can almost feel the feathers on those photos of the Great Horned Owl. We have been wanting to learn how to play pickleball–sounds like fun and good exercise.