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On Saturday June 1st I wanted to search for Elf owls at Lytle Ranch Preserve in Utah's Mojave Desert, but had to give up because the ranch dogs wouldn't stop barking. I ended up heading back to my car which was a few hundred yards away so the dogs weren't as loud. AS I arrived back at my parking spot I heard a Western Screech-Owl singing from the trees nearby. After a pathetic imitation whistle I was surrounded by at least 5 of these little owls. One landed on a dead snag hanging out over the road which gave me the opportunity to try filming at night--something I had not tried before. Below is the final product:
The video clips were shot using my Canon t3i camera body and a my Sigma 150-500mm lens, set at somewhere between 300-400mm. The picture at the beginning used my Canon 580 ex II flash at 1/200 second. The videos were lit up by a Surefire halogen lens shined from near the camera at the snag near the owls feet. I shot video in 30 second increments followed by a few minutes of leaving the bird alone, hoping not to cause to much distress. In all I shot 5 clips of this bird to make this video, before leaving the bird alone and looking for the others in the trees nearby.