Alex Mody Photography

British Columbia, Canada

Short-eared Owls (Asio flammeus), British Columbia, Canada

03.08.11 | 11 Comments

The Short-eared Owl, is one of the most widely distributed owls in the natural world, but is not necessarily common nor easy to find and photograph. They reside in all 50 states and every province of Canada, but situations like this in which everything comes together to make for good shooting opportunities seem to be fairly uncommon. Most often found in meadows, farmland, and marshy areas, these birds can be quite difficult to track down and get close enough to photograph.

Last week, I headed up and across the border in search of Short-eared Owls. I was very fortunate to have spent two days photographing these beautiful birds flying, hunting meadow voles, and perching. With me were two other young nature photographers, Connor Stefanison and Jess Findlay, to whom I owe thanks for cluing me in to this opportunity.

On the second day of this trip, I was also able to pay a visit to a nearby jetty where I was able to photograph this Black Oystercatcher, without a doubt one of my favorite common birds of the Pacific coast.

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