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Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus, (Seymor). Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8mm lens, Nikon SB-800 Flash, Wimberley II Head on a Bogen 3021 Tripod. Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Richland County, Ohio, USA. © 2010 David FitzSimmons

Seymour is a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus). He is a lucky owl, saved and rehabilitated by one of my favorite places in Ohio to visit: the Ohio Bird Sanctuary. Director Gail Laux and her staff care for injured and abandoned animals, including a variety of impressive birds of prey. Seymour stands a 1 ½ feet tall and stares at you with piercing, bright yellow eyes. He has an injured wing, but thanks to OBS, he helps educate school groups, civic groups, and other visitors to the north-central Ohio facility, leading them to understand the value of birds in the web of life.

On a snowy January afternoon, Seymour dove into freshly-fallen snow and came up with a face full of frigid crystal covering his viz. Zooming in with the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 lens, mounted on a WH-200 Wimberley Head Version II and Bogen 3021 tripod, I captured intense eyes surrounded by crisp crystals of snow. Traditional 300mm lenses are fine, but the flexibility of framing precisely with this unique zoom is great for wildlife as well as sports and other action photography. f/9, 1/25 sec. ISO 400.

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  1. Amagingly sharp.Color rendering excellent.

  2. love this pic, Dave!

  3. You captured the essence of the owl’s “face.” I love it.

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