Sven Zacek - Flight in afterglow

Sven Zacek - Flight in afterglow

The Ural Owl is definately a species that I have spent the most time photographing. This coming spring is a worry though that the tradition might not continue. As of the 2nd of April we still have a half a metre of snow in the forest and the owls have been both quiet and rather unseen this winter. I was lucky enough to encounter this bird that was hunting on an open field and was paying little attention to me. Just after sunset it flew right by me an sat on top of this small hill to give me a nice shot in the pinkish light of the afterglow. The sad story is that I heard from one of the local farmers that this owl might have been killed and eaten a week later, because he had found some feathers on the ground. I could not find the feathers and confirm his suggestion, but the owl was not seen afterwards. Further proof that this winter has been hard...

Location: Estonia

Posted on 03.04.2011
Photo info - Winter 2011: Nikon D3x + Nikkor 600mm F4 VR. F4, 1/800, ISO 1250.
Tags: flight shot flying strix uralensis sven zacek ural owl wildlife photography
Sven Zacek - Flight in afterglow

Sven Zacek - Flight in afterglow

The Ural Owl is definately a species that I have spent the most time photographing. This coming spring is a worry though that the tradition might not continue. As of the 2nd of April we still have a half a metre of snow in the forest and the owls have been both quiet and rather unseen this winter. I was lucky enough to encounter this bird that was hunting on an open field and was paying little attention to me. Just after sunset it flew right by me an sat on top of this small hill to give me a nice shot in the pinkish light of the afterglow. The sad story is that I heard from one of the local farmers that this owl might have been killed and eaten a week later, because he had found some feathers on the ground. I could not find the feathers and confirm his suggestion, but the owl was not seen afterwards. Further proof that this winter has been hard...

Location: Estonia

Posted on 03.04.2011
Photo info - Winter 2011: Nikon D3x + Nikkor 600mm F4 VR. F4, 1/800, ISO 1250.
Tags: flight shot flying strix uralensis sven zacek ural owl wildlife photography