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Thu Jul 15, 2021, 09:58 PM

Burrowing owls

I went to play with some burrowing owls today.






















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Reply Burrowing owls (Original post)
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 OP
SheltieLover Jul 2021 #1
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #2
Enter stage left Jul 2021 #3
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #4
George McGovern Jul 2021 #5
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #7
wendyb-NC Jul 2021 #6
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #8
dewsgirl Jul 2021 #9
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #10
dewsgirl Jul 2021 #11
Diamond_Dog Jul 2021 #12
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #13
3Hotdogs Jul 2021 #14
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #17
Probatim Jul 2021 #15
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #19
littlemissmartypants Jul 2021 #16
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #20
Kali Jul 2021 #18
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #21
Kali Jul 2021 #22
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #23
Kali Jul 2021 #24
Grumpy Old Guy Jul 2021 #25

Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 10:00 PM

1. Gorgeous!

Ty for sharing!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 10:03 PM

2. Thank you!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 10:04 PM

3. Wonderful photos

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Response to Enter stage left (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 10:15 PM

4. Thank you!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 10:21 PM

5. WOW What a playtime you had today Grumpy Old Guy!

I especially really like the fifth image down. Looks to be a crop from the shot above. Terrific detail, owl so well-balanced on one leg, concentrating. Such beautiful animals!! Great Gallery!!!

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Response to George McGovern (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 10:42 PM

7. Thank you.

You are correct, that is a closer crop. I have about twelve more images in that particular sequence. I think it was a junebug.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 10:39 PM

6. Great photos

What delightful creatures. Thanks for sharing them.

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Response to wendyb-NC (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 10:43 PM

8. Thank you!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 11:03 PM

9. They are absolutely stunning.❤️🦉🦉🦉

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #9)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 11:09 PM

10. Thank you very much!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #10)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 11:11 PM

11. You are more than welcome.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 11:16 PM

12. Fabulous images, Grumpy Old Guy!

They are magnificent creatures. Thank you for sharing your photos of their antics!

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Response to Diamond_Dog (Reply #12)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 11:37 PM

13. Thank you!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 11:37 PM

14. What state are you in?

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #14)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 12:32 AM

17. California

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 12:24 AM

15. What was your set up?

Did you use a teleconverter to assist in taking these photos?

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Response to Probatim (Reply #15)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 12:45 AM

19. Topaz software

Canon EOS R5, 45 mp
Sigma 150-600mm zoom (I have a Canon RF 100-500mm on backorder)
Most of the images were manual exposure, 1/4000th, f/8, ISO 800 - 1200.

I don't have a teleconverter. Instead, I use Topaz SharpenAI as a plug-in for Photoshop. I do most of my processing with Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw and Topaz plug-ins.

Topaz SharpenAI sharpens images and reduce noise. It's not perfect, but it works great about 90% of the time. It enables me to do some extreme cropping. You can see that I really push the limits of cropping, especially on the birds in flight.

You can use Topaz as a plug-in or a stand alone program. They have a 30 day free trial, lifetime putchase and they upgrade it constantly. The only downsides are that it's incredibly slow and it's terrible for portraits.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 12:26 AM

16. These are fantastic! Absolutely sublime. ❤ nt

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #16)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 12:45 AM

20. Thank you! 😊

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 12:37 AM

18. wow!

nice!

branch is trimmed - were they confined?

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Response to Kali (Reply #18)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 12:51 AM

21. You noticed! 😂

Nope, they're wild. This place is really popular with birders and bird photograpgers. I noticed that there were four of five of these phony perches set up.

I've been told that the Audubon Society visits regularly to make sure that people keep their distance.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #21)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 12:57 AM

22. ha!

I was trying to see if there was a net structure in the background but it mostly looked open. I was curious if there was, how it was constructed.
yeah maybe one trimmed branch in a path or roadway, but in general that many cuts is a manufactured perch.

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Response to Kali (Reply #22)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 01:05 AM

23. It's very common.

I follow a lot of bird photographers on YouTube, and many of them do it. They'll carry an extra tripod with a phony tree limb attached into the woods. Some will even bait it with bird seed. Then they'll set up their cameras a reasonable distance away and wait for their shot.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #23)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 01:08 AM

24. sheesh!

my sister is thinking about getting into birding. I knew and warned her some people are nutty and super competitive, that it isn't all just strolling through nature and seeing things randomly. but clearly I didn't have a clue.

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Response to Kali (Reply #24)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 01:20 AM

25. Bug photographers can be worse.

They'll put bugs in the frig to slow them down or stick them on a pin

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