My second location was to re-visit to site No 154 at Glooston, again both birds were located sitting out in a huge wood pile. I had some real difficulties with my images here too, as both birds were out in full sun it was difficult to get the exposure correct without "blowing" the whites out. As you can see from both the images below the owls white eyebrow has completely lost all of its detail, any ideas on how to overcome this would be gratefully received.
I visited a number of other sites during the day but owls were proving difficult to locate, strange really considering the conditions? The only other site where I managed a "useable" image was at site No 136 near to Hallaton.
Here one of the owls was located sitting high up in a tree, I was hoping for a "take off" image as the good light was allowing for high shutter speeds that would enable a "freeze of the action" and I very nearly nailed it!
An enjoyable day with some vital lessons learnt, or rather than lessons learnt more of a don't try and take images of Little Owls in the full sun. Due to their cryptic feathering pattern (the contrast of whites on dark browns) the subject matter can be very difficult to expose just right, or am I doing something wrong????