Sunday, 8 January 2012

Nocturnal Visitor

On Friday this nocturnal visitor found itself resting on the rooftop of my house and driving my dogs insane. A juvenile, judging by its size, Giant Eagle Owl made its way to my home in the middle of the day in scorching temperatures.
At over 30 deg C, this little visitor excited my dogs so much that I had to go and have a look at what was causing the commotion. Initially I thought it was injured, because it sat with one wing spread out over the hot roof. Then it moved around, and I realized that it was only trying to keep cool.
A few minutes later it made its way to this tree branch, giving me enough time to grab my camera and take a few pictures.
Of course, presenting me with its backside wasn't making it any easier. Until I realized that the tiny beeps the camera made when focusing, drew its attention. With its sensitive hearing, I managed to making it look at me without scaring it away, and the result, as seen here, is just one of many that I managed to capture.
The light was difficult because of the shadows of the tree and the sun almost directly in my line of vision. Changing the settings of the camera to ISO 200, shooting aperture priority, the details became clearer.
This photo was taken at approx 400mm zoom without a tripod, with a Lumix Panasonic FZ-40. The picture was not edited, only re-sized.