Mike Lentz Nature PhotographyIt's all about the light
The owl is a stealthy hunter—you as a photographer who wants to capture the shot, have to be stealthy too. We need to do so with the utmost respect for the animal. If you’re patient and go out often, you will get those occasional incredible experiences. They are absolutely stunning to watch. The head never sits still. It’s looking to the right, straight down, it’s constantly on the look and it’s picking up any vibration perhaps from the squeaking of the vole. When the bird starts to hear activity the head focuses on that location. This can go on for quite some time.
Once in a while, you’ll see the bird move and tense up. You never know what’s going to happen next. They’re not always successful. Just because it leaves the perch locked onto the target, doesn’t mean it will get its meal. The bottom line is having patience and respect for the animal you are photographing. With time and dedication, you can get those great shots.