Location & Date: Near Grand Teton National Park | 2015
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ 200-400 @ 310mm
Shutter Speed: 1/800th
I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph several great grey owls, including fledglings on a nest in Yellowstone, but the one thing I’ve never captured is an owl in flight. I can’t even begin to tell you how many chances I’ve had – all blown because they would take off when I finally put my camera down or took my eye off the prize. So in 2015, I declared I wanted an owl in flight photo. (What?! Jill does it all the time!) A couple of friends told me where owls had been seen, but weren’t terribly optimistic they’d still be around. But, never one to quit on long odds, Jill and I drove the roads just outside Grand Teton National Park and spotted the bird. For once, it didn’t take hours for it to fly. Having just set up, it flew right at me (!) and landed on a perch to my left. I got my shot and, not wanting to disturb the owl, I also got a few minutes of just sitting still as I could be, watching this magnificent owl look for its breakfast, before taking off to points unknown. Talk about good luck.