The lighter nights are just starting to draw out now and today I had around 30 minutes for any photographic opportunities. So after finishing work today I thought I would chance my arm and stop off at my site No 136 near to Hallaton to see if I could capture anything. No real reason to stop here, just that I was passing on the way home and it was the nearest site to where I was situated.
I'd all but given up waiting as the light had about gone when an owl showed, it popped out of the nest entrance and gave me the classic "stare". I rattled off a few shots, in hope really, I was expecting to get back home, review the images and trash the lot. But to my surprise there was a couple of "keepers" which was a real bonus considering the nearly dark conditions.
I am really pleased with the outcome of the above image, my best by a mile from this site so far, and in the worst conditions. ISO 1600, handheld and a shutter speed of 1/15th of a second. You just wouldn't believe it concidering the outcome, (well I wouldn't) the Canon 40D really is a special bit of kit!
Just before I left there was another surprise in store, a second owl emerged from the tree, previously I'd only ever seen a single bird. This is going to be a great site for photography come the breeding season, that is if they get down to it!!