Markus Varesvuo - Flying Low


Trying to photograph a Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) in hunt flight is difficult, it’s insanely fast and not very big, about the size of a crow, making it a relatively small target for both the photographer and the camera focusing points to track.

It likes to perch on top of a tree and is therefore quite easy to spot. Once it sets its eyes on prey, it falls on wings and accelerates to top speeds before dropping down low to glide almost on ground level. Here it’s hard to not think that it’s actually touching the snow. The prey has practically no chances; the owl comes in fast and silent.

Location: Kuusamo, Finland

Tags: flight, markus varesvuo, owl, snow, winter

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