A Well Read Owl

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Our garden owl has come down the chimney. Again.

I found him in the dining room this afternoon, sat on our book case. On the first occasion earlier this year, he came down the chimney and I found him sat on one of my whisky bottles...

Apologies for the lack of technical expertise in this photograph. In defence of my (limited) skills, birds have a habit of not waiting for you to fine tune the exposure. Especially ones that are waiting for you to open the window so they can leave the room.

On the plus side, I can confidently say that there is no need to purchase a HD DA 560mm for wildlife photography: this picture was taken with a Pentax-M 85mm
16/11/2013 - 17:21LongTimeLurker
CategoryWildlife / Nature
Shutter Speed0/1
Focal Length74099370.666667mm


Link Posted 16/11/2013 - 17:27
I like this, makes for an unusual owl shot


Link Posted 16/11/2013 - 17:44
Pretty amusing story and a pretty great shot under the circumstances.

I like it.
Mac from Montreal

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Link Posted 16/11/2013 - 18:38
Wonderful photo. Well caught!

You must keep your chimney much cleaner than ours - he does not look at all sooty.

A few of my photographs in flickr.
Lizars 1910 "Challenge" quarter-plate camera; and some more recent stuff.


Link Posted 16/11/2013 - 20:26
Love it. Especially with such a good story attached.

@OldTaffy years ago an acquaintance of mine advocated throwing a live hen down the (wide farmhouse) chimney to keep it soot free

Last Edited by tyronet2000 on 16/11/2013 - 20:30


Link Posted 16/11/2013 - 22:46
Great stuff!

PS interesting focal length in the exif data!


Link Posted 16/11/2013 - 23:55
Oh i would be honoured to find this beauty in my house, aren't you lucky, lovely shot!
Kind regards Maria



Link Posted 24/11/2013 - 23:18
Thank you all for the comments.

It transpired that despite us leaving the large windows open, the owl was content to sit on the bookcase for a couple of hours and flew out only when his mate starting callng.

We have a pair of tawny owls in the garden and they are pretty relaxed about us observing them: it is not unusual to be within ten feet of the birds. Most of the pictures of the owls have taken with the 18-135mm lens and despite it being quite slow (f/5.6 at the long end) the ISO performance of the K5 is such that I have had good results in low light where I've barely been able to see the birds with my eyes.

Re. the state of the chimney: this paticular one has been used only twice since it was last cleaned. The bird was remarkably clean though considering that it had fallen thirty feet down an enclosed space

Getting older and grumpier. Taking longer to decide which lens to use today.

K5 with auto-everything lenses
A collection of manual primes to keep me in touch with the pleasures of doing it old-school.
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