This morning, shortly after I finished running along my favorite trail, I just happened to look up into a nearby tree and I saw two owls….the bottom half of the second owl is in the upper left corner of the image.
I slowly walked away from where I was standing and I went home to collect the DSLR camera…all the cell phone camera image would have shown was a tree.
Obviously, the owls were still there when I returned.
I didn’t want to disturb them, so I brought my 43X spotting scope (equivalent to a 2100mm lens) with an adapter to attach it to my camera.
The lens arrangement makes the camera “manual everything” and the image is not as “clean” as a regular (expensive) lens would provide, but it’s good enough to show off what I was privileged to see this morning.
They were about 100 yards from the only picnic table at the trail head parking lot and I used the table to support my tripod, so I don’t think I unduly disturbed them. Even so, I was being watched!
250 yards (230 meters) away is a very busy divided highway with three lanes each way and a 65mph/100kph speed limit. The passing motorists, hidden away in their cars, likely had no idea of what they were missing.