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Great horned Owl at Sunset

Great horned Owl at Sunset

The day began magically with Mountain Bluebirds and only got better from there. Relaxing at the Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary with fellow birders we cataloged 31 species, including an Arizona Woodpecker, Rivolis Hummingbird, and Montezuma Quail. I did not think it could get any better. But, I was wrong.

As the sun set behind the Huachuca Mountains in the west, the distant Mules mountains in the east began to glow in pink hues that are a trademark of winter sunsets in southern Arizona. The light faded in the valley as a prolonged gloaming began. It was in this dimming light that we spotted one of our three neighborhood Great-horned Owls perched high in a fire burned mesquite, scouting the surrounding grasslands for a meal. I could not ask for a better subject, better background or better light.

Staying a safe distance away to respect the Owls space, I was able to get many great shots. This is one of my favorites.

I am so blessed to live in this magical land. Each day I give praise for the gift of being here.
Shoot Date: January 5, 2018
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture priority ¹⁄₂₀₀ sec at f/6.3 1 EV
Lens: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011 @ 600 mm
ISO: 400