Capturing barn owl on camera
For a second, the bird tilted its head in an inimitable angle and gazed at my camera as if it is looking at a toddler. May be I was awaiting this particular moment all along. Every move of the bird from that particular moment were captured frame to frame.
Normally, photographers used to elude those animals or birds, which they have captured in frames on earlier occasions. In my opinion, comprehensive observation of any particular animal or bird will ensure you unique and amazing frames.
If you have a keen observer within you, then no organism is going to disappoint you. We could realize that each animal has kept in store newer expressions for us each and every time.
Whenever I think of owls, those exceptional eyes come to my mind first. Among the various species of birds, owls are special given its appearance and salient features. The birds are a favourite subject for birdwatchers as well as photographers.
In tales and superstitions, the owls are portrayed as the character that evokes horror. Also, myths relate the sound produced by the birds to death.
Among the owls, I feel the barn owl is the good-looking one. The heart-shaped face will surely leave a permanent mark in our heart.
These birds are commonly found in human habitations. The only species that makes the earth a garbage bin is human being thereby inviting rats in great numbers to feast on it. The barn owls along with rat snakes prey on rats. Given the peculiarity of its wings, the barn owls can move without making much noise, which in turn is a blessing as a predator.
The birds that set up nest in the roofs of old buildings and sunshades remain silent during the daytime. As darkness settles in, it shifts to electric posts and buildings preying on rats and flies. Called as kin of farmers, it is in fact the guard of paddy fields that are getting ready for harvest.
These are also called as Pathayapakshi. If observed closely one can see in these birds the rhythmic moves of a danseuse. Each of the barn owl I have observed over the years, were unique in its own.
It may be noted that fraudulent businesses are carried out in the name of barn owls nowadays.
On most of the occasions, I shoot the birds during daytime using 400 f 2.8 mm lens.