Barred Owl (Strix varia), Presqu’ile Provincial Park, Brighton, Ontario, Canada, February 14, 2010, 12:08 pm, by Sally Walsh
Published: April 23, 2010
Twice a week from November to February, gallery contributor Sally Walsh and her husband traveled 30 miles from their home in Port Hope, Ontario, east to beautiful Presqu’ile Provincial Park, along the north shore of Lake Ontario.
Barred Owl (Strix varia) by Sally Walsh
Her goal, she says, was to photograph the numerous Barred Owls known to be in the area, and was she ever successful! Occasionally, she saw 10 in a day.
Walsh spotted the jolly-looking owl on Valentine’s Day and approached slowly. The bird, perched up in a tree, never stirred. In time, Walsh realized it had to be asleep. Eager to be ready with her camera when the owl finally awoke, she positioned herself under a nearby tree and watched.
She got her picture about 10 minutes later, when all of a sudden, the bird erupted into what seemed like laughter. It opened its mouth wide, and a strange noise came out: HOOaaw!
Camera: Canon 50D, handheld
Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM telephoto lens
Settings: ISO 400, 1/2000, f6.3, aperture priority, matrix metering mode
Focus mode: AI Focus
Light: No flash
Adjustments: Cropped 25%. Saturation increased using Picasa 3.
Meet the photographer
RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME: Sally Walsh, pictured here with the Canon 50D she used to take the photo above, is married, has three children, and works as a business office manager at a retirement and nursing home. She has been an avid birder since childhood but is fairly new to photography. She received her first digital SLR camera in 2006.