Dec 15, 2009

Who's Watching Who? Wild Barred Owls in Brighton, Ontario.

Spent a fantastic day with a few friends last week to go see the Barred Owls in Brighton, Ontario.

We left nice and early and arrived to find that the first snowfall of the area had hit the night before. Perfect!

I spotted the first Barred Owl in a marshy area about 10 feet off the road. We took some shots but the lighting was terrible and lots of branches in the way. Then she flushed from her perch and flew back into an area with wonderful light and beautiful surroundings. After photographing her for a while, she appeared tired and that was our cue to leave her in peace and head off to lunch.

When we came back to the park we searched for more of the Owls and came across the same one again. She spend some time hunting and actually caught a vole about 5 feet in front of us, which was thrilling to watch. She took it back into the woods about 20 feet and I followed, getting some shots of her swallowing the vole.

It had been a long day without much sleep the night before, so we packed up and got into the truck to leave. And the Owl flew out of the woods and landed in a tree right beside the truck. So we unpacked, got the tripods extended again and continued shooting.

The whole day I thought we were watching her, but it would seem like the photographers were the ones being stalked and watched.

Dec 6, 2009

Photolife Magazine

Photolife Magazine "Funny Faces" Contest Winner for December/2009

Dec 2, 2009

Algonquin Outfitters Summer Contest

I was notified today that I won 2nd Place in the Algonquin Outfitters Summer Photo Contest, Algonquin is a special place for me and I always wish I could spend more time there. I plan on taking a few longer trips in 2010. I was also thrilled when I was asked to be one of the judges for the winter contest. I look forward to seeing all the wonderful entries.

Algonquin Outfitters Summer Photo Contest - 2nd Place