NORTHERN HAWK OWL and the Autofocus Camera
Posted - July 20, 2005
In some winters, significant numbers of northern owls move out of their boreal forest homes and show up in southern
The winter of 2004-2005 was exceptional as hundreds, if not thousands of Great Gray Owls delighted residents and visiting birders alike who could see as many as 30 or more of these spectacular birds in a day.
Northern Hawk Owls were present as well, but in smaller numbers with a dozen or more reported from across the southern part of the province.This Owl is a daytime hunter, and those that have seen this “half hawk-half owl” know that it flies and hunts with the skill of a falcon and probably not much slower!
was lucky enough to see
and photograph one of these near
capture flight shots of
this missile on the wing requires the advanced mechanics found in
computerized cameras. Photos are showing up in 2005 that would never
possible without the latest in camera technology. The incredible
ability of these modern cameras allowed me to capture the photos shown
diving Hawk Owl is almost a blur, but the autofocus was able to track
capture three sharp images in sequence as the bird dove from the top of
Canon 1D Mark II
1/4000 second at 6.3