My brother Gary, and I met at the Ridgefield NWR refuge at about 6 a.m. this morning, June 12, 2015. Our first trip around the auto tour loop netted us a great look at our resident mama Great Horned Owl (although we’ve not seen any evidence of owlets yet this year). She was perched about 50 feet up–almost straight up–but with no branches or leaves concealing her. The dark shade of the trees required a relatively slow shutter speed, which was not a problem since she was about as static as a bird can be. Through the viewfinder, I really couldn’t see if she was looking at me or not due to the darkness–but I’m so glad she did!
Canon 5D Mark III, 1/200, f4, ISO 1250, 500mm, 6:49 a.m.