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Posted by David Salem on Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:46 pm

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This is a male Burrowing Owl that I caught just at the moment of touch-down. Hope you like it, it's one of my favorite Burrowing owl images!

D5---850mm---ss1/2500th---ISO800---Handheld from truck---35% crop

Thanks as always for looking and for your input.  I appreciate it.

David

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by peter makuch on Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:00 pm
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correct me if i'am wrong on this being a set-up or not, just the same you nailed this shot on the landing of the perch, excellent.
 

by Ron Day on Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:04 pm
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Beautiful framing with the diagonal line of the wings and the arched perch, David. Wonderful eye contact and lovely lighting. Congrats.
 

by David Salem on Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:10 pm
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Thanks guys!!
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by David Salem on Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:18 pm
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peter makuch wrote:
correct me if i'am wrong on this being a set-up or not, just the same you nailed this shot on the landing of the perch, excellent.


Thanks Peter,

No, this wasn't a setup and it was a naturally caught frame. 
I got real fortunate as a buddy and I were sitting in my truck watching this guy and his baby playing around and hunting. He was sitting on the ground doing nothing so I decided to set up on the perch that was close to him. I bumped my focus on the perch and kept looking at the owl on the ground. As soon as he looked at the perch with intent, I started blazing away at 12fps with the D5. I actually got 4 nice frames but this was the best as he looked up at me just as he landed :)
I was pretty exited when I looked at the cameras LCD after the burst!!
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by SantaFeJoe on Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:34 pm
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Sweet image! Perfection.

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by Nate Chappell on Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:21 pm
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Super wing spread and eye contact David!
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by Paul Rossi on Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:39 pm
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You did well to line up your shadow line almost directly with the stick. Excellent result.
 

by LynnS on Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:16 pm
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David, great-looking touchdown action shot with the full spread wings, fanned tail, lovely details and BG.  The arch of the perch is neat, adding to the dynamics of the image.  The expression on face along with the direct look your way is priceless!
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by Mako_Elite on Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:55 pm
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Wow, what a shot. This is a framing shot for sure. You nailed this one David.

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by david fletcher on Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:52 am
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Nailed this one David. super sharp and those eyes. Good work hand held. Awesome!
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by Carol Clarke on Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:16 am
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No wonder this is a favourite, David! These little owls are so photogenic and such characters with their crazy antics and comical expressions. Couple that with your talent and expertise, and its a win, win situation. To get such a fantastic action frame of one of these is a real treat - for you, and for us. Love it!

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by Karl Egressy on Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:28 am
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The best landing shot of an Owl I have ever seen, David.
 

by himadri roy on Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:01 pm
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Standing ovation for this. STUNNING!!!!!
 

by David Salem on Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:35 pm
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Thanks so much everyone!! Glad you like it as much as I do!!
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by David Salem on Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:48 pm
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Mako_Elite wrote:
Wow, what a shot. This is a framing shot for sure. You nailed this one David.

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Thanks Ludo,

I did frame it!!

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by joem on Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:30 am
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A fantastic landing pose, top shot David.
 

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