“Kung Fu Fighting”– Bradenton, Florida – Troy Lim – Featured Photographer
I was pretty stunned when I saw this photo. It looks like the owl is evicting the little mouse from his warm home in a Sabal Palm. If only that were the case in this instance. Actually, this is what Screech owls do best. They along with other species of owls keep the rodent populations in check. So next time you don’t see a mouse or rat running through your back yard, Thank an owl. In this case please thank Troy for his amazing image by checking out the rest of his wildlife photography portfolio at http://www.troylimphotography.com.
I was informed of a pair of Eastern Screech Owls nesting in a Sabal Palm. When I arrived one of the pair was actively bringing food back the nest: first, a grasshopper then a lizard. I hurried to set up for the shots. The shooting area was tight and the angle to steep. I had to find a way to lessen the angle. I pulled the pickup truck close to the palms and stood on the roof of the truck, waiting about 45 minutes for the owl to return. The owl approached the palms and was being chased by Blue Jays; it quickly darted into the larger hole in one of the palms. To my amazement he showed back up in the hole holding a mouse in front of him. He repositioned the mouse several times until it looked like a martial artist. I was lucky to be there for this interaction and hope the picture conveys the real life drama of Nature.
•Camera body: Nikon D3s
•Camera lens: Nikon 400mm VRII
•Lens accessories: N/A
•Shutter speed: 1/200
•Aperture setting: f/10
•Flash: Nikon SB900, filled flash
•Flash accessories (remote triggers, extenders): Better Beamer
•Tripod (or car window mounts, bean bags, etc.): Tripod Gitzo 3541XLS
•Tripod head: Wimberley Gimbal Head II
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