Last week, I heard a pair of Barred Owls hooting and carrying on across the lake. Occasionally, they fly over my house or perch in a nearby tree. After hearing them, I was hoping to see one so I prepared a camera just in case, and I was glad I did, because shortly after getting my camera set up, one of the owls perched in a nearby tree. Using a flash (Nikon SB900 with a Better Beamer), I was able to get the above shot. I have photographed the Barred Owls before, but this was the first time at night with the autumn colored leaves partially lit behind the owl.
Above and below are a few images of a Yellow-rumped Warbler that I photographed at Occoquan National Wildlife Refuge. Warblers do not stay in one place but for a second or two. As they search for insects, they are constantly on the move. Therefore, they can be challenging to photograph. I was in the right place at the right time and prepared, as this warbler searched a tree for food.
In the above image, the warbler spotted an insect and was just about to leap from the branch and out of sight.
I am planning a trip to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and hope to see and photograph some migrating ducks and snow geese, and will be posting a new article soon.