What is this skillful Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula/Sperweruil) hunter fast, the speed at which they fly is amazing. After hard work I managed to get a few decent shots during this mid-week. Here are 3 of them. The first 2 are more or less classic ones; perching in a frost covered pine, and hunting above the snow. The third photo, taken with a 100mm lens, shows the bird in action in its typical ‘clearing-in-boreal-forest’ territory. While photographing Hawk Owls, we often heard migrating Pine Grosbeaks (Pinicola enucleator/Haakbek), a first spring sign here.
* Canon EOS 7D with 500mm/f4 IS; ISO-200, f7.1, 1/400s, +0.3 stop; from tripod.
* Canon EOS 7D with 70-200mm/f2.8 IS II @ 170mm; ISO-400, f5.6, 1/3200s, +1 stop; hand held.
* Canon EOS 7D with 100mm/f2.8; ISO-400, f5.6, 1/2500s, +0.3 stop; hand held.