An Owl In The Hand..

An owl perches on a gauntlet at a birds of prey display in St-Germain de Confolens.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Birds

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Return

The well-trained bird of prey – such as this owl – will always return to its handler: especially when there’s food to be had.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Return

The Eyes Have It

Cee’s topic this week is birds. As selective colour is permitted – and, I think, really works in this case – here is an owl (I’m afraid I cannot remember what kind).

The plumage is black and white in any case, so all I had to do was desaturate the greens in the background. Those orange irises are really very striking.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Birds


You can’t sneak up on an owl…not even to admire the detail of its feathers.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Backs of things

Macro Moments Week 30: Quizzical Owl

This week, Sue has set us a specific theme for Macro Moments – ‘Birds’. It’s pretty difficult to get a true macro shot of a bird, I should imagine, so here is a (very) tightly-cropped image of an owl which I took at a display of birds of prey last summer.

Fortunately, I was using my best lens, so I think it has managed to retain enough detail, despite the crop.


Nikon D800 with Nikkor 70-200mm ƒ2.8 lens at 200mm. 1/500 at ƒ4, ISO 100. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments EWeek 30: Birds

Macro Moments: Week 10

For this week’s open macro challenge, I’ve chosen a photograph I took last Monday evening at a spéctacle of birds of prey, which took place in the ruins of the medieval castle at Saint-Germain-de-Confolens, a very pretty village about twenty minutes drive from here.. The very strong sunlight helped to produce strong contrast and some interesting backlit effects, as in the case of this owl.


NikonD800 with Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 lens at 200mm. 1/500sec. ISO100. Cropped and edited in Lightroom. Image resized in Photoshop

Macro Moments: Week 10

Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

Like everybody else, I was looking forward to the display of birds of prey at a chateau in the Dordogne – and when it came, I enjoyed it.

But I couldn’t help wondering, as I mooched about with my camera before showtime, what the birds themselves might think about it.

State of Mind

Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic

An owl stares straight down the camera, its attention attracted by the firing of the shutter.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic