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At Key Vista Park in Holiday Florida A pair of Great Horned Owls have pirated what was last years Ospreys nest. I found the nest last Sunday (1-22-2012) but was there in harsh early afternoon light. The park is right on the Gulf of Mexico about 45 minutes NW of Tampa and 10 minutes from my home. From what I've heard they are about 17 days old today

I'm trying to document their growth, but since I've never done something like this I can only try my best I can't get there during the week because work gets me home too late. I did plan today out to end up there to try and get some shots in better light. Now if I could just figure out Tim Kuhn's Photoshop processing

Until then - taken handheld with my Canon 40D and 400 5.6 lens using AE mode at ISO 800 and aperture setting at 5.6 and post processed with Canon DPP. Any suggestions on methods I could use to get better results are greatly appreciated.

Their colors have changed (darkened) quite a bit in 6 days


I can't believe how much they've grown!


And they started testing their wings


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Jan 29, 2012 at 02:47 AM
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Cute Cute!

You are doing well; a crop would be nice if possible. Have you considered purchasing a 1.4x TC or even a 2x? I discovered a GHO nest near my home last year and had a blast photographing the chicks. Have you seen mom or dad? They look good in photos as well and if you catch them bringing in a meal all the better.

Morris



Jan 29, 2012 at 02:59 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Update on the baby Great Horned Owls


Tim, I believe you did the best with what you got
Keep us informed about their progress
Socrate



Jan 29, 2012 at 04:50 AM
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These all look tack-sharp and I like the fact that you can see the nest and some of the surrounding environment, Tim. As Socrate said, excellent work for the camera rig you have.

Best Wishes,
Steve



Jan 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Update on the baby Great Horned Owls


My suggestion is to keep shooting - these are nice. 3 is very cute ~ Ron


Jan 29, 2012 at 02:57 PM
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Those are so cute!


Jan 29, 2012 at 03:01 PM
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Too cute Tim!! You are doing a great job with these guys

Tim



Jan 29, 2012 at 04:40 PM
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Great set!

Looks like you are doing a fabulous job documenting. Looks like the GHO breed earlier than up here in Canada. I was hoping to see if they return to a nest this spring.

Sherman



Jan 29, 2012 at 05:20 PM
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nicely done Tim


Jan 29, 2012 at 05:22 PM
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Right on Tim. These are great captures. I may be nitpicking but the images seem a tad over sharpened to me. I would suggest selective sharpening on the owls and not the whole nest.

Ted



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Good looking shots Tim! Never easy to get them in the nest. Keep up the great work

Karl



Jan 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM
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Ted ellis wrote:
Right on Tim. These are great captures. I may be nitpicking but the images seem a tad over sharpened to me. I would suggest selective sharpening on the owls and not the whole nest.

Ted


Thanks Ted for taking the time to look at my shots. I really DO appreciate the critique as that's how I can become a better photographer and post processor! I definitely have a deficiency with PP work and plan on trying to rectify that



Jan 30, 2012 at 01:53 PM
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Karl Witt wrote:
Good looking shots Tim! Never easy to get them in the nest. Keep up the great work

Karl


Actually Karl - as long as you know where the nest is they're pretty easy - they just sit there for the most part
What's unique about these is that since they stole an old Osprey nest (that had Osprey babies in it last year) the nest is out in the open and well lit. The GHO's in the park are usually deep in the shade in the Pine trees - and hard to find and expose decently during the day.



Jan 30, 2012 at 02:01 PM
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Wonderful shots ! I, too, like that you are showing the nest.
Can't wait to see more.

Birdie




Jan 30, 2012 at 02:23 PM
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Looking forward to the developing story. Really like the wing-testing shot.

George



Jan 30, 2012 at 02:59 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Update on the baby Great Horned Owls


Nice shots...it's neat to watch them grow!


Jan 30, 2012 at 03:41 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Update on the baby Great Horned Owls


Thanks for keeping us updated on their growth, they are just too cute for words!
Larry



Jan 30, 2012 at 04:12 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Update on the baby Great Horned Owls


BearCreekLar wrote:
Thanks for keeping us updated on their growth, they are just too cute for words!
Larry


+1!



Jan 30, 2012 at 05:12 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Update on the baby Great Horned Owls


You're doing a great job here Tim.
Looking forward to seeing more as you document them growing up.
Martin



Jan 30, 2012 at 07:08 PM
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Awesome awesome


Jan 30, 2012 at 09:58 PM





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