Wildlife Photography Term

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Me and a few other photogs I’ve met in Golden Gate Park have coined a new photography term. Watch the video and learn what that term is.

Owl Stories Golden Gate Park.

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Your walking along, listening, looking, stepping quietly, you know they are there, but you can’t see them, but your experiences remind you they are looking and staring at you and if your skilled enough and or lucky, you can sense your being watched, and, when you spot them, you cannot get scared, you have to freeze, and try to make eye contact, and hoping they aren’t the attacking kind, then get your picture, and then it’s like driving, if they take flight, you must look at the big picture. You must have a wide shot in your eyes and see what tree they flew too? You don’t always chase after them, you remain patient, and stay in the spot you’re in, and wait, then suddenly they fly back, and they come in low, and land on branches next to you and then they show their eyes, and they stare back then they fly off….
Owl encounters are not for the faint-of-heart when your embedded in their environment.

Great Horned Owl flying overhead Great Horned Owl

Photographing Great Horned Owls mating

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When your out there, in the field, photographing wildlife, there is one act that wildlife photographers go crazy over, and that one act is the mating.
Catching wildlife mating is hard, you must have patience, you must keep one eye on the whole forest while the other eye is looking through the camera lense, you must listen, and you must be prepared every second leading up to the mating. You have to know when their going to mate and you have to know how they mate.
Great Horned Owls mate even after the chicks have been born. They mate daily.
The mating ritual is very cool. The female parent owl perches on a branch that is out in the open, then hoots, and the male will be several trees away, and he hoots back. They hoot about 3-4 times, then in comes the male. The male will approach the female in two stages. The male owl will fly from the tree he was hooting from to another tree, and after a few seconds the male flies up to the female and mounts her. It happens in about 3 seconds. And then the mating is over for the day.
Great Horned Owls Mating

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