Just over 3 years ago when i got my first DSLR i was told by a fellow photographer about the owls that over winter just a 20 minute drive from my house, Generally arriving in November and staying until early March these birds now signify for me the start and end of winter and are always exciting to see! last year the Owls seemed to always be a long way off and i didn't get the chance to photograph them, this year on two of the 3 times i have visited the area i have been treated to great views and some fantastic opportunities to photograph them.
With fields and marshes with a backdrop of the South Downs, a golden sunset and a Short-eared owl you couldn't ask for a more beautiful scene! i think this was the last shot i took on the day before the sun just dipped behind the hills.
Luckily for me the local Owls are fairly tolerant of people, there are working farms all around and lots of cyclists and walkers in the area, i generally use some camo netting around my tripod legs or over me just to help disguise my shape a little, might just give me the edge over others in the area photographing without.
Final shot and something i think will look great blown up nice and big, a back lit Owl hunting in its environment, let me know if you think it works in the comments :)
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