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Short Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl - 1D4, 500 + 1.4x (700mm), f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 400

One of the things to spot on the island of Genovesa in the Galapagos archipelago is the Short-eared Owl.  During our morning walk through the island, we did end up spotting an owl but it was very far away.  I quickly set up the longest lens I had, put a 1.4x TC on there and even with the 1.3x crop of the 1D4 the owl made up only a very small part of the frame.  I ended up with this image after heavy cropping.  A few seconds after I made this image, the owl took off and we didn't see one again the rest of the trip.  Its not a technically great image, but since its the only one I got on that particular trip, I guess I have to be happy with it.

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