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A Burrowing Owl Against a Green Background

I will admit I love owls. I am not an expert regarding them but I do love watching them when the opportunities arise and I love photographing them.

Yesterday I went out in search of owls. Any type of owl would suit my needs but I knew I would find two species, the burrowing owl and a short eared owl. I came across plenty of both but I focused on the burrowing owls the most as I have not had many opportunities to photograph them.

My quest for a great bird portrait begins with the background. I hope for something smooth and subtle that doesn’t take away from the bird but adds to the picture. I don’t like a lot of distractions in the background if I can help it but sometimes it isn’t possible to find a smooth background when photographing birds.

These shots of a burrowing owl on a fence post are a great representation of the backgrounds I try to capture when photographing birds. Soft and subtle, almost canvas-like in a way. It takes time and patience to photograph birds and even more so when looking for the perfect background that enhances the shot.

burrowing owl
burrowing owl

burrowing owl
burrowing owl

burrowing owl
burrowing owl

burrowing owl
burrowing owl

burrowing owl
burrowing owl