Gizmo, The Spectacled Owl 2 by Joseph T. Meirose IV

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Near Sackets Harbor, upstate NY, USA. November 2010

My family and I made a follow up visit to a friend’s ranch whom is a Master Falconer. Being so close to these amazing Birds of Prey was exhilarating!

‘GIZMO’ is extremely rare in North America. Only 5 are known to be in captivity and they are not indigenous to the continent. National Geographic payed a visit recently, as there are two here at this ranch. They are nocturnal hunters and very reclusive.

What an amazing treat for me to photograph, only 5 minutes from my home. Every time Gizmo was petted, he made this little cooing sound. Very cute. The Master Falconer, Rick, raised this BOP from an egg. He recalls during the winter while incubating, the electricity at the ranch went out. Rick said he placed the egg under his armpit to keep him warm. They have a wonderful bond and I saw Gizmo using his beak to groom Rick’s hair while I was there for this shoot.

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Nikon D700
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/60s, f/2.9, ISO 200, 24mm
Handheld, natural light, Cir-pol filter.

April 2011 Earth Day Exhibition SoJie 10


spectacled, owl, bird, prey, falconry


  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsover 3 years ago

    Excellent shot, what a little cutie, wish they were here in NA

  • That’s nice of you to say, Michael. Thank you. This Falconer has TWO! I tried so hard to get a shot of them together, they wouldn’t cooperate. Next time, maybe. Cheers!

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Ray! Gizmo and I are glad to be here. ;)

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • main1
    main1over 3 years ago

    He is adorable :O)

  • Marleia, he is so gentile and docile and meek acting. Hard to imagine him swooping down from a tree and snagging up a rodent. He flies amazing though! Just wasn’t talented enough to get a focused close shot of that!

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • main1
    main1over 3 years ago

    Action is very hard to capture!! You will get it! The 700 will be a huge help!! Great shot!!

  • Thanks! And for the vote of confidence. ;)

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardover 3 years ago

    Oh that is so awesome, what a a little cutie. Love the info, what a great story. Great shot, nice detail and DOF!

  • Thank you, Byron! Glad you like it. Cheers!

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Woo Hoo. Gizmo gets all the credit, of course.

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 3 years ago

    Gizmo that is quite a name! Wonderful story!

  • Appropriate name for him too. Thanks!

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • Sharksladie
    Sharksladieover 3 years ago

    beautiful bird and touching story! A+!!

  • Woo Hoo! A+ I’ll take that! Thanks. Added info btw ;)

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • Robert Taylor
    Robert Taylorover 3 years ago

    That’s a fabulous capture Joe…..

  • Thank you Robert, glad you like it. Cheers.

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

  • Poverty
    Povertyover 3 years ago

    Really, really great subject and photograph. Love it.

  • Thanks, Poverty! He was an amazing subject. Will be paying another visit very soon!

    – Joseph T. Meirose IV

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