I don't know whether it's me, specific to wildlife photographers or photographers in general, but at this time every year I go through a phase of losing some motivation and get up and go to get out in the field and capture the images I'm really after.
This is a question I often get asked, so I thought I would start a regular slot on my blog where I will explain how I went about obtaining a particular image, what the camera settings I used were, details on any specialist equipment needed and finally how long it actually took to pull the image off.
Well, what can you say about the Little Owl. Of all our resident owl species , this owl has unique character all of its own. The only way to describe them is " comical, charismatic, enchanting, and what I hear a lot - cute !! You can't help but get drawn into their big yellow eyes and are a favourite amongst photographers and birders alike. In fact I don't know anyone who doesn't like a Little Owl...
As summer passes into autumn, I wait in anticipation for the arrival of the majestic Short- eared Owl. Living in Central England, resident 'Shorties' are a rare occurrence and the best chance of catching up with one is to await the migrant visitors who make the annual flight over from Scandinavia and Russia. The timing of their arrival varies from season to season. As soon as sightings start to be reported, I eagerly plot their movement as they distribute themselves across the country.