Jaak Põder - Hard work
This was one of the most time-consuming photo projects I’ve took upon myself. There are about 200-500 of these owls pairs here nesting, so not a very common species for Estonia, especially considering their lifestyle. 1,5 months, every second day (and often every next day, morning and evening), 70 km drive away. Sometimes I spent the night there, but mostly not (back-and-forth 140 km every day — not a very green way).
This Tengmalm’s owl momma (she was a single parent) came out always after dark (at approx 11pm). With eggs, with chicks. I was losing hope of seeing the small owl properly in light, regardless of the pics. But then one of the (last) evenings I arrived late, at ca 9:45 pm, took out my camera, and then in 10 minutes saw that lady in full glory 2 times and also got almost all the shots that I hoped for at that time. Luckily for me it was almost the longest day of the year so there was barely enough light for it.
Tags: aegolius funereus, birds, boreal owl, jaak poder, kakud, karvasjalg-kakk, öökull, tengmalms owl