Hawk Owl visits Nepean, Ontario

Focusing on an Owl. Another lens to wish for :-)

Hawk Owl visits Nepean, Ontario

Whenever I see someone standing knee deep in snow pointing a big telephoto lens up into the sky, I assume that I should stop and take a look.

I was wearing a blue jacket and beige pants. The person in the photo is not me! Would like to have the lens though!!! 🙂 This day, I had my D200, Gitzo tripod, RRS head and a Nikon 300mm with 1.7x extender as my weapons of choice. Nowhere near as impressive as this big gun!

Recent snow storms brought a few winter birds into the Ottawa area. The one getting the most attention is a Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula), a diurnal owl that perches, shrike-like atop tall trees. Temperature outside was about -14C with a cool breeze blowing that made it feel like -20C or cooler. The owl didn’t seem to mind those temperatures.

Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula)

About Ron

Ron has long had an interest in photography and traveling and, in recent years, has had more time to devote to both activities. Long a Pentax user, Ron switched to Nikon gear when he went digital. The advent of the digital SLR camera, and the ease of the internet blogging process, has provided a venue for sharing his photography and travel experience at the local, national and international level. More about Ron
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