Sven Zacek - Flight over a winter landscape

Sven Zacek - Flight over a winter landscape

Roy's picture of a Great Grey Owl remainded me of my time with this bird. I was on my Wild Wonders of Europe mission in Finland and my goal was to photograph these owls in the winter landscape. Later it turned out me and Roy had photographed the same bird but at different times. Even though this was my first and last time to photograph owls with baiting it was still an enjoyable experience, because these large owls are really magnificent. I learned that it is usually the females that respond to baiting, because in the end of winter the breeding and nesting season is about to start and the female are set to lose up to 30% of their bodyweight while incubating. That means in preparation they have to hunt activelt to build up fat reserves and this is the reason they start hunting also during the day and come closer to households, where there a more rodents. I was hoping to start a discussion about baiting for photography. What do you think? And if it is are there certain rules?

Location: Finland

Posted on 23.04.2011
Photo info - Winter 2009: Nikon D3 + Nikkor 14-24mm F2,8 @ 24mm. F11, 1/640, ISO 640. Triggered remotely.
Tags: finland great grey owl strix nebulosa sven zacek wild wonders or europe wildlife photography
Sven Zacek - Flight over a winter landscape

Sven Zacek - Flight over a winter landscape

Roy's picture of a Great Grey Owl remainded me of my time with this bird. I was on my Wild Wonders of Europe mission in Finland and my goal was to photograph these owls in the winter landscape. Later it turned out me and Roy had photographed the same bird but at different times. Even though this was my first and last time to photograph owls with baiting it was still an enjoyable experience, because these large owls are really magnificent. I learned that it is usually the females that respond to baiting, because in the end of winter the breeding and nesting season is about to start and the female are set to lose up to 30% of their bodyweight while incubating. That means in preparation they have to hunt activelt to build up fat reserves and this is the reason they start hunting also during the day and come closer to households, where there a more rodents. I was hoping to start a discussion about baiting for photography. What do you think? And if it is are there certain rules?

Location: Finland

Posted on 23.04.2011
Photo info - Winter 2009: Nikon D3 + Nikkor 14-24mm F2,8 @ 24mm. F11, 1/640, ISO 640. Triggered remotely.
Tags: finland great grey owl strix nebulosa sven zacek wild wonders or europe wildlife photography