Gardner, KS, USA
While driving one evening along the dam of a local lake, I was very surprised to have this young Short-eared Owl fly up from the spillway and surprise me–it was pretty late in the evening and the sun was going down. This owl as well as several others were hunting the grassy side of the spillway. I had my camera with me and this little guy allowed me to back-up and take a close-up! I wish the light would have been better as I had to shoot the image hand-held from my car with a super high ISO setting. THE BEST PART OF THIS experience was that my disabled daughter who likes to take “birding and wildlife” drives with me was able to see one of the awesome owls close-up from our wheel-chair van.
28 replies on “Short-eared Surprise”
Such an awesome photo!! And great story. #teamlindsay
Nice shot Mr. Cochran!
THIS IS EPIC!!!!!!!!!!
WHoooooo whooo this dawgs eyes are wild
Hooo loves this photo..I do!!! Awesome! 🙂
What an amazing shot!
A gorgeous photo!
Wonderful photo! Such a surprise to see one, much less so close. I love your story behind the photo too. So special!
Absolutely beautiful. Great shot of the majestic owl.
I love this photo! You were so lucky to see it and then be able to photograph the bird. Awesome!
Very nice photo in my book. Sometimes you just have to seize the moment or risk the chance of losing a rare shot.
Beautiful. We do see them often here at the lake.
Very cool, keep grinding coach
This is stunning! Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us!
Beautiful photo and even more beautiful story! I hope that your daughter will enjoy many amazing moments like this in the future.