This poor Barn Owl wasn't looking for dinner, The Tammar Wallabies are happy to hear that, it was checking out my barn for a potential home. The problem was, it could not find a way out. On the evening of the 18th, a friend who helps me here on my ranch came in from feeding the Wallabies saying that an Owl was in the barn. I was first worried about the Owl seeing the Wallabies as dinner, but all the Owl wanted was out.
I got my SD14 and shot several photos. At the time, the only light source was a single heat lamp for the Wallabies and the on SD14 flash. ( I still need to buy a proper Sigma strobe ) I lucked out and had several photos with reasonable focus and exposure:
The Owl's mate was out side and on the barn roof the whole time, as I could hear the talons against the sheet steel roof as the bird walked about. After shooting the photos, we opened the door on the end of the barn and watched as the Owl flew out.
I've since done some research and found Barn Owls are wonderful at rodent control, meaning my Wallabies are safe, and I want to give these guys a nice home, at least a better home then getting trapped in my barn. I've located a company who makes Barn Owl houses, both for pole mounting and mounting into a barn wall. My ulterior motive is to photograph them and their babies. The Barn Owl houses have rear windows to observe their activities, so I can shoot photos with a better background than what I have in these.
Just last night, I heard the Barn Owls screech as they were out for the evenings mice hunt.