Saturday, February 25, 2017

Natural Owl Photography

Great Grey Owl

Great grey Owl Hunting - Naturally.. no bait, no calls. At this location, they have a guard that protects the birds and wild life! Amazing. We cannot even take a step off the path.

Sit and wait.

Previous to this shot, we waited more then 1 full hour,.. freezing cold, a good 15 km wind, and a coffee was 2.5 km walk away from this area of the park... along an icy trail!  In fact, we were on the trail for a good 3.5 hours before we had a good chance!  I was not dressed warm enough, so at this point I was starting to shiver!

I watched through my viewfinder for 99% of the time waiting for this chance. Sooo much fun!!

Making nature photography easy with baiting is pathetic., and lazy. Good shots are earned, along with respect. This bird was comfortable around people because it was not harassed.

Watching an owl hunt for food and make a kill is as much fun as watching a lion hunt and kill.. I have seen both. Truly real, and awesome.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Thanks to Mitchell Brown

Great Grey Owl Tour

Special thanks to my friend and guest on this workshop - 
Mitchell Brown
Notes from Mitch below.

Good morning folks. Boy I am so out of shape
and sore but yesterdays adventure Quebec to search
 for Great Grey was so worth it. I had a pleasure shooting
 with Raymond Barlow and Bruce Kennedy. What a reward it
 was to be able to watch and photograph a Great Grey hunt
 for voles and mice. I was also very impressed with the ethics in 
 the park.... no baiting or calling is allowed and photographers
 have to stay on the beaten path. 

All natural. Mother nature at
 her finest. What a majestic and very patient bird it is. I am amazed 
at how long it can sit in one perch just looking and listening
 for prey. It was a long drive but Raymond filled my head with so
 much of his knowledge, tips, tricks and his work ethic. A worthwhile
 trip for sure. I'll be posting a few over the next few days.

Have a great day today folks

Prints available
© 2017 Mitchell Brown


Thanks Mitch for joining this trip, it was very interesting!

Please enjoy these cool shots by clicking on the first image.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Thanks to Bruce Kennedy for joining my group!

Great Grey Owl Tour

Special thanks to my friend and guest on this workshop - 
Bruce Kennedy
Notes from Bruce below.

Great Grey Owl, Quebec, along the St. Lawrence River.
A great place to photograph Great Grey Owls in a natural 
environment, where baiting is prohibited and all photographers are required to stay on designated trails. The owls hunt naturally in an undisturbed environment.

This particular owl moved from perch to perch and came 
quite close to the small group of photographers. Here I show it
 landing on a very slim branch in the snow. It is illustrative of how
 light the owl is, and what small perches it can use while listening 
for mice and voles under the snow
Excellent day of instruction and camaraderie
with Mitchell Brown and Raymond Barlow.
Best viewed in full screen.

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Thanks so much Bruce!

Please enjoy these cool shots by clicking on the first image.


Owl workshops.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

No Baiters allowed.


Imagine going to a place where baiters are not permitted!  A 
fellow patrolling this location, protecting the nature as things they 
should be.  A place where it is unacceptable to walk off the trails.
A place that people can visit with respect toward wildlife 
and birds, and not need tobe so concerned with confrontations
 involving those who selfishly and ignorantly disrespect.

What a superb experience.  We had 2 Great grey owls
 yesterday afternoon, up near Montreal. 3 hours of enjoyment with
 my friend of many emailing years (10) Chuck Kling, a fellow
 who has kept me informed regarding all the conservation issues 
in his area of Quebec.

Brilliant !!  Watching this bird hunt from perch to perch, 
carefully examining the area for any sign of
a possible meal.  Using it's facial disks to listen for any 
sort of rodent squeak!  I have never in
my life seen a bird hunt so aggressively... real nature
 is spectacular to witness.

Personally, photography of nature is not about getting
 the most likes, the most followers, the most "great shot!" 
comments, biggest chest, adulation, etc.  Enjoying
 the beauty of nature, then sharing the images with folks
 around the world to help gain a greater appreciation 
of our nature world.

So we can all strive toward conservation and appreciation
 of all birds, animals, and fauna.

This is absolutely not about me.  or my picture, or my ego,
 or a contest - biggest chest?? Never.

Having fun with my friends and workshop guests, teaching
 techniques, settings,approach and respect, and the most
 fun,  helping people understand the natural way of things.
Understanding your subject, and showing respect will always
 be the best advantage in the real world of nature photography.

Taking advantage, and virtual abuse is done selfishly 
with poor judgement (unreal lazy).  If you really want 
to be a hero, go play golf, go racing, play baseball, compete 
in a sport.  Tossing bait to a helpless animal doesn't make 
you special, it doesn't gain you respect, and does not make you special.

Only my opinions, hoping a few beginners understand some values, and etiquette.

Best regards, raymond.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 2016 - Pictures!

A Batch 

of recent edits from the last
 month or so,... Hope you like them!

Thanks for looking! 


Friday, July 15, 2016

A Rufous Treepie dances on my Head!

The Samsumg Phone Cam:
 Raymond Barlow and a rufous treepie!

During our most recent tour to visit over 11 wild tigers in India, 
we stopped once in a while for a quick coffee 
break, and a visit with some birds.

I am not into selfies, as I would much rather take 
photos of superb nature, but!...

This treepie, a very friendly species in India is looking 
for cracker hand outs (of which w had none!)

So, quick thinking, my cell cam, a movie, and a few 
snaps for a laugh!

Thanks to my friend and guest Peggy, in the
 back seat for participating on this tour, and 
modeling for this shot!

thanks for looking...

My next tour to the tigers...