WildZests: The Spotted Owlets of Bharatpur

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Spotted Owlets of Bharatpur

As I walked leisurely on the trails across the park, I noticed a few spots where you can invariably find the spotted owlets roosting through the most part of the day. They're mostly seen in small groups of 3-4 owlets sleeping cosily until they're disturbed by some noise. They usually prefer to sit in places where they're not easily noticed but if you're lucky, you could get them without distracting backgrounds. Over the three days I made sure I visited these locations repeatedly to check if there was a better opportunity to photograph these cute little birds.

This little one was one of the three owlets who were sitting together until they were disturbed by the noisy onlookers and decided to split. The light was dull and I had to overexpose by 2/3 stop to get details on the bird without blowing out the highlights.

Tech Specs:

Canon 1D Mark IV + Canon 600mm F4 L IS with 1.4x TC
Shot at 840mm, 1/400s, F5.6 and ISO 400


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