Little Owl Athene noctua


Whilst waiting for bee-eaters to land on a perch in front of the hide, a Little Owl surprised me by landing on it instead. A little squeak from myself got it looking straight down the barrel of my lens, but it soon lost interest when it realised I wasn’t food. Great to see it at short range. 
Little Owl, Athena noctua, Hungary, July, 2013
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS with 1.4xIII converter. 1/250s at f/5.6 at ISO1250.

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107/365 Little Owl Athene noctua


This little character just stared at me for about half an hour whilst I was sitting in a hide that I had setup to photograph these Little Owls.

Little Owl, Athene noctua, Worcestershire, June, 2008.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.