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The Mighty Hunter (12)
Leace Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 0 N: 61] (292)
This beautiful owl, (thanks to Lesley for identifying as a Great Gray Owl) was the perfect subject for me - unlike most other wild animals and birds. It let me snap a couple dozen pictures, including a small flight, while unafraid of me, the car door shutting and the camera clicks. The owl was obviously in hunting mode, as it kept a keen eye on the field seen in front of the owl. The small flight it took, was, I believe, an effort to scare any rodents that were hiding, into running.
My only wish was to have had my favourite lens - the 80-400 VR as it would have caputured a lot more detail.
It was a very cold day (Boxing Day), was about 1 in the afternoon, and was lightly snowing at the time.
White balance was set to Cloudy.
Had to auto contrast as the images were quite light.
I hope to add a picture of this owl in flight.

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Leace Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 0 N: 61] (292)
Adjusted levels.
Edited by:Signal-Womb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)

I just adjusted the levels alittle but not much so as to keep the misty atmospheric feel to the shot.