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A Barn Owl With A Snowy Background


Well, I woke up this morning and looked outside the window and it has started to snow, again. It has been a very wet winter this year. One thing this wet winter has brought which I am a huge fan of is barn owls. I love seeing them and the snow brings them out during the day to hunt, making for some great photography opportunities.

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A close-up of a barn owl on a snow filled afternoon.

One afternoon about a week ago I was out looking for birds to photograph and I came across this barn owl perched on a metal fence post. It was content on sitting there so I kept a safe distance as to not disturb the resting owl. I noticed from the angle I was at it had a nice white background which would make for a great natural canvas behind the bird. Usually when photographing birds there is always a bit of clutter in front and behind the bird and rarely do I see a natural clean background which allows the bird to naturally be brought forward in the image. This unique opportunity allowed me to take a great clean shot of a barn owl without having to crank down the depth of field to blur out the background, nature was doing that for me naturally.

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Barn owls aren’t usually seen during the day except during winter when there is snow on the ground.

I love photographs like this with such a clean non-disturbing background and they are hard to find out in nature. The barn owl is such a beautiful bird and it is only enhanced with such a setting. I took a few photographs and watched the owl for a bit and moved on so as to not disrupt the owl during its rest. I am a big fan of barn owls and winter makes for some great photography opportunities with these birds.

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