On the last full moon I took my dog to the nature preserve (where I always let him run) at sunset when the moon was rising. I witnessed a spectacle of various birds of prey begin their evening’s hunt. I counted eight different owls of 2 breeds and several other species of hawk working these open pastures and grassy knolls.
Every evening that I have gone out since- I pay particular attention to the owls, and, although they have become less active (i’m only seeing three or so these days) they are still always on the prowl.
Here are a few images from my first evening bringing a camera to these owls. Taken with a Nikon D700 and 70-200 with 1.4 teleconverter at ISO 5000. All images captured in very low light between 1/80s-1/125s @ ƒ/4, and handheld with VR on. It is a challenge to get a decent image at that light level without using a flash (I didn’t want to distract from their hunting)- especially with owls flying over your head and around you at all times. But I am psyched on these and of course I’m going back for more.. but on the next full moon. enjoy!