Monday, January 11, 2010

Red-tailed Hawk and Barred Owl photos

Just returned from a short trip to eastern Ontario with my girlfriend. My aspirations were to photograph raptors; she was keen to check out the cross-country ski trails. There wasn't much snow on the trails, but the temperature was certainly 'wintery' at -19C on Saturday morning! The raptors - a Red-tailed Hawk and Barred Owl - co-operated beautifully! It was a fantastic weekend overall and as a bonus I had a chance to  catch up with some photo buddies, as well as meeting some other great bird photographers.

Here's a couple of initial photos:

Photo 1: Red-tailed Hawk
Canon EOS 1Ds mark III; 500mm f/4 IS lens; ISO 800; 1/640s @ f/4

Photo 2: Barred Owl
Canon EOS 1Ds mark III; 500mm f/4 IS lens; ISO 400; 1/500s at f/5.6


  1. Anonymous11:06 PM

    Looove the barred owl!

  2. Carolyn9:41 AM

    Congratulations on the girlfriend - guess there are perks to being stationary for a time. :)

    Beautiful lighting on those birds.

  3. Anonymous7:00 AM

    Nice shots!! good job!!


  4. Really impressive work, guess you had to hide yourself very well to shoot this kind ok photo.
    I hope I would be able to do something like this a day.

    Thanks a lot

  5. Stephen Coyle8:54 AM

    Ethan, fantastic shots! How do you manage to get so close? Even with the 500mm you still had to be pretty close. Always impressed.

  6. Thanks for the kind words, everyone!
    Stephen, these birds are in a spot where many photographers have been feeding them - and thus they have become quite tame. I made a 5hr trip specifically for those two birds.