Short-eared Owl – Asio flammeus. Taken in a wetlands management area (protected) of the Mission Valley in western Montana, USA. This owl is a year round resident of Montana and prefers to live and hunt in open grasslands, even agricultural areas like this. It is one of the most widely distributed owls in the world. A medium sized owl averaging 15 inches in length, it is the most diurnal of owls often hunting during the day. I think it was posing for me; the eyes mesmerized me and my camera.

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This was my first Short-eared Owl photo op. I was thrilled that it gave me this opportunity.

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Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens
1/640s, f/8.0, ISO: 250, 500mm, lens hand held (would have used a tripod but didn’t have time to set it up)

Featured June 2012:


  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thank you Ray, my first Short-eared Owl photo and I loved it.

    – amontanaview

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 2 years ago

    What a little beauty. Well captured.

  • Bunny, I really appreciate your comment. Thank you so much.

    – amontanaview

  • irideus
    irideusover 2 years ago

    Really nice capture!

  • Thank you Aaron. I was pretty excited to get this guy to pose for me.

    – amontanaview

  • Sprezzatura
    Sprezzaturaover 2 years ago

    Excellent capture, even for handheld. Way to go, Merle:) Cat

  • I was so pleased that hand holding the big, heavy lens created this shot. Thanks for saying.

    – amontanaview

  • Sprezzatura
    Sprezzaturaover 2 years ago

    Congrats:) Cat

  • So awesome! Thanks.

    – amontanaview

  • Samohsong
    Samohsongover 2 years ago

    Beautiful image Merle! I hear them in the huge woods behind the house but never see them….love the eyes! ~Sam

  • Thank you Sam. This particular species is an open field owl. Surprising to me because I see owls in the woods mostly. This guy was very impressive and cooperative.

    – amontanaview

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderover 2 years ago

    Congratulations Merle on your June 2012 Montana Group Feature !! Fantastic capture !

  • Thanks Gisela, I really love this photo. It was the luck of the draw to see him, stop the car and have him not fly away. Then he did fly away, circle the field and come back to a fence post near by. What a gift.

    – amontanaview

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    18 June 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Thank you!

    – amontanaview

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago

    Excellent Image! 06/18/2012
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  • Thank you! I am so pleased with this feature. Yep, I will visit and congratulate the featured artists!

    – amontanaview

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Rene! You are the best!

    – amontanaview

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