Long Eared Owl At My Work

Discussion in 'Nature' started by gryphon1911, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    So, I'm sitting at computer today and getting my IT on when I get a text from a co worker. She wrote, come to the front of the building on the second floor and bring your camera if you have it.

    Today I had the Olympus OMD EM1 with the 12-50 and 40-150 in the EDC bag.

    This is what I found!! So far we are 99% sure it is a Long Eared Owl. We are getting a local naturalist to verify it from the pictures.

    All shots with the 40-150/4-5.6. Worked pretty well considering the sun was rising behind the bird and the glass from our building is in dire need of a cleaning! I did a quick processing on these with the Moto X.

    OI000010_1.


    OI000003_1.

    This little guy was not happy that the owl decided to perch not 3 feet from the nest, although all the squawking and posturing did not bother the owl at all.


    OI000012_1.

    OI000012_1.

    OI000010_1.

    OI000003_1.
     
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  2. JNB

    JNB Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 11, 2014
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    That first one is just BEGGING for a caption. Looks like the poor bird saw something very surprising! :smile: I really like the pose and the subject isolation captured in the third photo. Great job.
     
  3. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Thanks! That was a hard shot to get. Thankfully the EM1 focusing system and the AF speed of the 40-150 was up to task. I had a hard time even keeping up with the bird as it was jumping all over the place.

    I tell you what, as well.....that $100 I spent on the 40-150 is well worth it! I'm continually surprised at just how good that optic is for the price.
     
  4. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Really cool shots - especially through glass. Nicely done. :thumbup:
     
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  5. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
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  6. fortwodriver

    fortwodriver Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Frank
    Heehee... that first shot of the Owl is priceless! Someone's eventually going to borrow that one and make an internet meme out of it, I'm sure!

    Well done!
     
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  7. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    That first shot is so meme-able! I'd watermark it someplace it would be subtle but hard to erase ASAP before it gets stolen! Otherwise people are going to do things like this...

    Long_Eared_Owl_At_My_Work.


    :biggrin:

    Long_Eared_Owl_At_My_Work.
     
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  8. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    NICE!!! I like it! :D

    It is officially GRPYHON1911 approved! lmao
     
  9. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 29, 2012
    Yes nice, and yes it's a long-eared owl.
     
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  10. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Thanks for the confirmation.
     
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  12. Splitprism

    Splitprism Mu-43 Regular

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    May 10, 2013
    Angra, Brazil
    Not sure if it is a long eared owl but pretty sure it's not a short eared owl, even if it looks like its ears have been shocked into a rigid stance:) very nice shots.
     
  13. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Just for those curious, we had some local birding experts and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirm that that this is a long eared owl.