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Congratulations to kwilliam8 for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 13 votes - View Previous Winners


Last Friday afternoon was cold, but beautiful, here in the Pacific North West. I went to nearby Leque Island for Short-eared Owls and Northern Harrier Hawks, and was treated to nice activity and great light. That afternoon was a blast for me (sometimes it all comes together). The following images were taken with a Nikon D5 camera and the Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 lens. I hope you enjoy some of my images from that day!






1. Short-eared owls, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 800






2. Short-eared owls, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 800






3. Short-eared owl, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 450






4. Short-eared owl, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 560






5. Short-eared owl, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 560






6. Short-eared owl, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 720






7. Northern Harrier, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 1250






8. Northern Harrier, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 1600






9. Northern Harrier, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 1600






10. Northern Harrier, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 1800






11. Northern Harrier, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 1800






12. Northern Harrier, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 2200

Thanks for taking a look! As always, comments and feed-back are welcome!
Keith W.



Dec 20, 2016 at 11:05 AM
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just beautiful pics, what lovely light. thanks for sharing keith


Dec 20, 2016 at 11:23 AM
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kdacharya wrote:
just beautiful pics, what lovely light. thanks for sharing keith


kdacharya, thanks - much appreciated!
Keith W.



Dec 20, 2016 at 11:32 AM
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Here are a couple more, for folks that like to see a broader view:










The mountain in the first image is Whitehorse Mountain, and the mountain in the second image is Mount Baker. This is a really beautiful area!
Keith W.



Dec 20, 2016 at 11:36 AM
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Super set of shorties Keith !!! #3 shortie and #11 harrier are my favs TFS


Dec 20, 2016 at 12:38 PM
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You did find the honey pot and as you say in beautiful light too....jealous of your ability to dial these up so reliably.
Eric



Dec 20, 2016 at 12:42 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Leque Island (Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers)


I approve of these beautiful raptor images. Awesome shots....4, 7 and 11 are standouts and 11 wins the set for me.

TFS
Geoff



Dec 20, 2016 at 12:45 PM
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Great work Keith. 4, 9 , and 10 stand out ~ Ron


Dec 20, 2016 at 01:14 PM
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Simply outstanding.


Dec 20, 2016 at 02:01 PM
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Sweeeet. Nice light.


Dec 20, 2016 at 02:41 PM
 

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Wow oh wow !!! Stunning set - lighting , backgrounds, subjects, poses, it certainly all came together. Your skills and talented captured it all magnificently .

Birdie



Dec 20, 2016 at 03:53 PM
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What a great series Keith and the SEO's were out and about for you. Some terrific shots and number 11 is a killer shot.


Dec 20, 2016 at 04:52 PM
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Great series of SEO's and Harrier's. Also enjoyed seeing the landscape and the area that you find these.


Dec 20, 2016 at 05:38 PM
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Herb Houghton wrote:
Super set of shorties Keith !!! #3 shortie and #11 harrier are my favs TFS


Herb, thanks for the picks!

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eyelaser wrote:
You did find the honey pot and as you say in beautiful light too....jealous of your ability to dial these up so reliably.
Eric


Eric, thanks! I have gotten to know this area well, and it has paid off.

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arbitrage wrote:
I approve of these beautiful raptor images. Awesome shots....4, 7 and 11 are standouts and 11 wins the set for me.

TFS
Geoff


Geoff, thanks for your picks!

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surfnron wrote:
Great work Keith. 4, 9 , and 10 stand out ~ Ron


Ron, thanks so much!

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Oosty wrote:
Simply outstanding.


Peter, thanks!

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Methodical wrote:
Sweeeet. Nice light.


Methodical, thank you!

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birdied wrote:
Wow oh wow !!! Stunning set - lighting , backgrounds, subjects, poses, it certainly all came together. Your skills and talented captured it all magnificently .

Birdie


Birdie, thanks for you kind words - much appreciated!

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louie champan wrote:
What a great series Keith and the SEO's were out and about for you. Some terrific shots and number 11 is a killer shot.


Louie, thanks! Yes, I feel like I hit the jackpot that afternoon.

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mikedec wrote:
Great series of SEO's and Harrier's. Also enjoyed seeing the landscape and the area that you find these.


Mike, thanks - much appreciated!

Keith W.



Dec 20, 2016 at 06:33 PM
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WOW!

Paul



Dec 20, 2016 at 06:51 PM
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pdmilesjr wrote:
WOW!

Paul


Paul, thanks!

Keith W.



Dec 20, 2016 at 07:02 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Leque Island (Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers)


You had a great day, Keith. Wonderful set with the owls, light and BG's.
Rex



Dec 20, 2016 at 10:45 PM
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What is the second doing in this otherwise fantastic set of images Keith? I love pritty light the later images are taken in

Morris



Dec 20, 2016 at 11:30 PM
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Keith, these are freaking fantastic!

There is so much good here, I don't know where to start. Of course the duos are outstanding but honestly each of the others shows your subjects in great poses, eye clearly visible and you did a phenomenal job capturing their agility and flight behavior!

Really awesome set; thanks for posting.

VOTED!

--Kim



Dec 21, 2016 at 12:03 AM
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surgemaster wrote:
You had a great day, Keith. Wonderful set with the owls, light and BG's.
Rex


Rex, thank you very much!

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morris wrote:
What is the second doing in this otherwise fantastic set of images Keith? I love pritty light the later images are taken in

Morris


Morris, thanks! The first image shows the rear owl gaining on the owl in front. I don't think the owl in front knew that another owl was coming up behind it. The second image shows the reaction of the front owl, after having been grabbed (talon to talon) by the rear owl. There is another, intermediate, image (not shown here) of the contact between the two owls, although that image is a bit confusing (and blurry due to the speed of the interaction). There were about a dozen owls flying around and interacting, although much of the interactions happened at a greater distance.

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wonderer wrote:
Keith, these are freaking fantastic!

There is so much good here, I don't know where to start. Of course the duos are outstanding but honestly each of the others shows your subjects in great poses, eye clearly visible and you did a phenomenal job capturing their agility and flight behavior!

Really awesome set; thanks for posting.

VOTED!

--Kim


Kim, thanks so much for the kinds words! I am really happy with these images. In fact, there were a bunch of really good images, and it was hard picking a smaller subset to show here. Thanks again!

Keith W.



Dec 21, 2016 at 12:33 AM
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