Easter screech owls
I used three flashes one left, right and center. The center one was on the ground the rest were camera level. I was at first concerned with using flash so I was very cautious. I had read up on Troy Lim's experiences, so that gave me some confidence that i would not cause them to abandon the nest or anything traumatic like that. The first thing i noticed was that using it does not night blind them, as i had been told. In one case after returning to the cavity and being flashed the female imediatly took off and caught a beetle 50" from the cavity. I was impressed that she even saw the beetle that far away and concluded that she probably saw it flying in, but was still able to find it after being flashed. I would say that the noise associated with the camera shutter has the potential to bother them more then the flash. The 1Dx is nosey and shooting long bursts or repeated short burst does seem to get their attention. So, whether it is flash or just the shutter I'm still cautious when photographing them alway making sure I'm not crossing the line.. This year I only photographed them one night and it was for the first 2 hours after dark. They continue to feed even though they were seeing the occasion flash upon returning. They are hard to spot flying in and may time they were gone before I even new it. This shot was one of the lucky ones were I timed it just right.
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