Back in the Spring I was lucky to get an invite by a good friend Phil to visit his garden to see the Little Owls that visited his garden on a regular basis. On that visit the male owl called after dark so flash was required. Since then I have had another invite to photograph the owl in natural light, so at the beginning of the week with good light promised I was once again sitting in a garden shed waiting for this lovely owl. Once again it didn't disappoint with it performing nearby for around an hour. There wasn't a cloud in the sky so there was plenty of light, perhaps it was almost too bright with one side of the owl in very bright light. What was very interesting though was that the pupils of the eyes were very different in size from the bright side to the shadow side. This showed up very distinctly when the bird was looking straight at the camera.
Little Owl in the tree before coming down.
Little Owl head-on shot. Note the pupil sizes.
The last view as it was getting darker.
My thanks again to Phil for a very memorable evening. It is down to his understanding and patience that this bird is so accommodating.