Monday, November 5, 2012

Owling fun

Had a great night out spotlighting last Friday night! Went up to a mates farm about 20min away near Owen in SA's lower north, hooked up the light and took off in search of creatures of the night!
The first Barn Owl was found after only driving about 200m from the shed! Looked like luck was going to be on our side this night! Little did I know that the highlight wouldn't be the 6 Barn Owls we came across and photographed but a very confiding Little Button-quail which we came across in a paddock which had been cut for hay. This meant ankle deep stubble which works well for keeping a eye on these little guys and made it possible for me to get a few images of a species I haven't been able to photograph before!
The Owls were great but the Quail made it even better! Top night out! 
 
Eastern Barn Owl
 
Little Button-quail
Must also thank my mate Michael for driving me around and holding the spotlight while I took way too many images!! Thanks Mike!
Cheers
Chris

7 comments:

  1. Great get with the quail Chris, still haven't managed one either so can imagine your excitement at getting even a half decent photo, let alone one as good as the one above. Cheers, Richard

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  2. The owl is a corker and a great shot of the button-quail - one I have yet to see. Well done!

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  3. Wow the Eastern Barn Owl is spectacular. The Quail was a great find also :) Fantastic night time photography.

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  4. yes the quail is delightful but the Eastern Barn Owl shot is tops! No red eyes, superb photography. What kind of settings do you use for shots at night like this; well done!

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  5. Thanks all!
    Carole I adjust settings depending on distance to the subject as I only use the cameras inbuilt flash! If I am close enough I like to use an ISO setting of either 200 or 400, a large aperture of around 5.6 to 7.1, and adjust the shutter speed accordingly! and auto white balance. But it really depends on the situation and species i'm shooting! All learn't just from trail and error! Best way to learn!
    Thanks for your interest!
    Chris

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  6. Hi Chris,

    This is a great photo of the Little Button-quail, very rare. I'm compiling a bird book in the Aboriginal language Ngarla for a non-profit organisation, and was wondering if we could have permission to include this photo? You can contact me at yakuli at-sign wangkamaya.org.au

    Cheers,

    Jessica

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  7. Hi Jessica, Sorry for the late reply I haven't been on here in a while! and thankyou for the kind comments! I have no problem with you using this image! Thanks for asking! :-)
    Cheers
    Chris

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