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Western Screech-Owl Video

posted by Tim Avery at
on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 

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.

A young Western Screech-Owl

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Blogger shyloh monster said...


June 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic video. thx 4 sharing!

June 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Kenny Frisch said...

Awesome video!

June 5, 2013 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Nice Job! that Is Awesome!

June 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Dickson said...

Great video, had to of been fun to do!

June 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM  
Anonymous Jerry Liguori said...

love it!

June 5, 2013 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger Tim Avery said...

@EVERYONE: Thanks for the comments everyone! Glad you enjoyed! Hopefully I can do some more of this.

June 10, 2013 at 3:10 PM  

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