Jaak Põder - Hard work

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.

Location: Estonia

Posted on 21.03.2011
Photo info - 27.06.2008: Canon EOS-1D Mark II N, 700 mm, ISO 640, f 5.6, 1/20 sec
Tags: aegolius funereus öökull birds boreal owl jaak poder kakud karvasjalg-kakk tengmalms owl wildlife photography
Jaak Põder - Hard work

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.

Location: Estonia

Posted on 21.03.2011
Photo info - 27.06.2008: Canon EOS-1D Mark II N, 700 mm, ISO 640, f 5.6, 1/20 sec
Tags: aegolius funereus öökull birds boreal owl jaak poder kakud karvasjalg-kakk tengmalms owl wildlife photography