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Harrier and Short-eared Owl


Posted by Mako_Elite on Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:58 pm

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Sorry for not posting for a while, way too busy again.
SE Owls are here. Last week or so I did get some nice images. I will start posting them.
Here is my favorite so far for new season. Very rarely you see Harrier sitting next to Short-eared Owl. These birds doesn't like each other much for obvious reasons. They share the same food and Harriers like to steal from owls.

D2Hs, (MF) 500mm f/4 P ED IF + TC-16A (1.6X TC)
1/400, ISO-1600 f/9.5 on tripod.

Please click on the image for uncompressed view, thank you.

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by Dan Kearl on Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:30 pm
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Pretty cool habitat scene... A bit tighter crop would be nice for me.
The two species together is outstanding and very unique!
 

by Ron Day on Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:46 pm
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What a great find of these two together, Ludo. What is your opinion on why they were perched together? Well done.
 

by Mako_Elite on Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:42 pm
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Ron Day wrote:
What a great find of these two together, Ludo. What is your opinion on why they were perched together? Well done.

Thank you the kind words.

Dan,
Image is already cropped slightly and also I wanted to show the beautiful habitat.

Ron,
So far this season, SE Owls around here mostly  fly early morning before sun comes out and evening after sun goes down. Reason is..they are vulnerable when hunting since they fly slow, low and looking down not knowing if Bald Eagle is above and behind them (easy meal for an eagle).
When there is a lot of competition from other owls and other birds  like Harriers they fly even during the daylight hours taking risks.
I think both Harriers and SE Owls or any owls facing same threat from eagles. There tons of eagles nearby on the top of little mountain looking down feeding on ducks, geese, other birds and salmon.

I believe they tolerate each other if survival is online ,,,more eyes in the sky. Last year , just across the border in Canada. whole Barn Owl population 2-3 got whipped by Bald Eagles in small game reserve. These owls were flying during daytime taking huge risks and they paid dearly for it.

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by david fletcher on Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:38 pm
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Such an interesting image and story Ludo. Thanks for sharing
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by Carol Clarke on Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:06 pm
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What a brilliant and quite unique sighting, Ludo! Amazing to get these two together like this. Fantastic image!

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by Ron Day on Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:16 pm
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Mako_Elite wrote:
Ron Day wrote:
What a great find of these two together, Ludo. What is your opinion on why they were perched together? Well done.

Thank you the kind words.

Dan,
Image is already cropped slightly and also I wanted to show the beautiful habitat.

Ron,
So far this season, SE Owls around here mostly  fly early morning before sun comes out and evening after sun goes down. Reason is..they are vulnerable when hunting since they fly slow, low and looking down not knowing if Bald Eagle is above and behind them (easy meal for an eagle).
When there is a lot of competition from other owls and other birds  like Harriers they fly even during the daylight hours taking risks.
I think both Harriers and SE Owls or any owls facing same threat from eagles. There tons of eagles nearby on the top of little mountain looking down feeding on ducks, geese, other birds and salmon.

I believe they tolerate each other if survival is online ,,,more eyes in the sky. Last year , just across the border in Canada. whole Barn Owl population 2-3 got whipped by Bald Eagles in small game reserve. These owls were flying during daytime taking huge risks and they paid dearly for it.

Ludo


A defense against Bald Eagles makes a lot of sense. Thanks, Ludo.
 

by Karl Egressy on Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:16 am
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This is an amazing opportunity and amazing picture, Ludo.
 

by himadri roy on Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:50 pm
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Congratulation on EP . Amazing image.
 

by Tusar Bhowmik on Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:36 pm
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Karl Egressy wrote:
This is an amazing opportunity and amazing picture, Ludo.




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