Sunday, March 6, 2011
This shot was made from Wood Street in Halifax. The barn is over a mile away on Thompson Street in Middleboro. It is the last working dairy farm on Thompson Street.
I had been birding along Wood St. the night before, looking for short eared owls. While I was looking for birds, I noticed how beautiful the barn looked at sunset. Using my 200-500mm lens (750mm on my D7000) I was able to isolate the barn nicely. After a few shots, the local pack of coyotes began to yip and howl. They were answered by three great horned owls hooting to each other in the swampy woods behind me. It was an outstanding evening even though the short eared owls did not come out to play. The next morning, I returned to take advantage of the falling snow to improve the shot!
If you look carefully on the left side of the photo in a tree is a small dark spot. I am not sure, but I believe that is a great horned owl weathering the storm. There have been a number of sightings of a great horned owl in the same general area this winter.
I am considering using a version of this shot for next year's Thompson Street Calendar. For those of you unfamiliar with Thompson Street, you can read more about it on my website here: