For sometime I have been trying to get close up photographs of Owls. We have traveled to Dublin zoo and Rathwood Falconry among other places but for different reasons could not get good photographs.
On our recent trip in the UK one morning we went into the middle of Hemel Heampstead and when we walked out of the car park we could not believe our eyes. There was a bird show being held on a small triangle of ground and it was really good. The birds were very calm and looked like they were really well looked after. It was a real reminder of the importance of always having the camera with you. Well I had to go back to the car to get it but you know what I mean 🙂
For all these shots I kept the aperture as large as possible to blur out the background which was the shopping centre or people.
Settings : ISO 200, 300mm, f5.6, 1/320sec
This guy I think guy is called a spectacled owl
Settings : ISO 400, 240mm, f5.6, 1/160sec
I really liked this guy. Apparently the feathers on each side of his are not ears, they are hidden.
Finally this was shot was a lucky break with timing. The owls were tethered to stands or in this case to the trainers hand but every now again one would try to make a break for it!
The holidays were so good I had to share more photographs 🙂
The last day in Edinburgh we spent in the Zoo. We had hoped to see the Panda’s but the viewing slots were all booked up by the time we got there. The Penguin enclosure is fantastic. They have a huge swimming area, hatching area, creche and they have several species of Penguins.
This Penguin I think is an Emperor but forgot to check the information boards before we left.
After Edinburgh we made our way down the east coast of Scotland and England down to Alnwick. The castle in Alnwick has been in the Percy family for 700 years and there is a great historical tour of the castle. The Percy family still use it to live in during the Winter. The court yard in Alnwick castle was used in the first Harry Potter film where the students learned to fly on broomsticks for the first time.
After Alnwick we made our way down to Durham. The cloisters in the cathedral in Durham were used in several of the Harry Potter films. The cathedral is an active church and again has a lot of history to it, you could spend all day learning about the it. All the children running around though were fascinated with the fact they were in the cloisters that Harry Potter had been in !