The Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl (Bubo lacteus), a seldom-encountered bird, caught early one morning basking in the sun in Mopani forest near the Zambezi River. The owl is distinguishable by its black face border and the pink eyelids. This nocturnal, avian apex predator is found in much of Southern Africa, with possibly the exception of southern Namibia and the thick rain forest areas. It has a preference for drier savannah and semi desert habitats. Verreaux’s owls feed mostly on small mammals including young monkeys, ground squirrels, rats and mice. They breed as monogamous pairs and occupy stick constructed nests of other birds.
(Canon EOS 7D; f/4; 1/2000sec; ISO-500; 280mm)
Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Wildlife photographers are often faced with image opportunities that have very bright and dark areas in the frame and they need to consider whether to over or under expose to catch the more important highlights of the shot. In assessing this, one needs to understand that darker tones have more image noise while at the other end of the scale the more brighter tones cannot be recorded (or are clipped i.e. are pure white and give the impression of burn out). Choose to under or over compensate your exposure. It is most important to check image histograms, adjust and take again, if you have time.