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ergogirl
 
ergogirl February 25, 2018
Wow, stunning capture
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karinmcfarlane April 26, 2018
Amazing capture, poor chick, but that's nature
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ChrisBPhotography August 18, 2018
To echo Karin McFarlane's thought - vivid example of the circle of life.
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texaaronpueschel November 04, 2019
Bottoms up. An exciting capture of nature in action.
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ronjudyluv2travel November 15, 2020
Incredible capture!

Behind The Lens

Location
I took the photo at the Wilhelma Zoo Stuttgart, Germany. I often walked by that owl cage, but in most cases the owl just sat there, sometimes even in a corner where it was hard to see. On this occasion I came by just after feeding time and I saw why owls are predators ...
Time
The picture was taken about 4pm in late September 2008. I was on my way to the exit of the zoo when I saw that owl.
Lighting
No great or elaborate lighting on this shot. I was lucky to have enough light to have a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the action. (1/1000s, f/3.2, ISO 400). It was just a matter of getting the camera fast enough to the eye to get the shot.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D2Hs with a 70-200mm/2.8 lens, no flash (I do not flash animals, even if it wouldn't be forbidden by the zoo rules). Also no tripod (wouldn't have helped here anyway).
Inspiration
When I saw the owl grasping the dead chick I was happy to get another shot than the usual "owl sitting and doing nothing" picture. I didn't expect the owl to gulp the chick as a whole, though...
Editing
The photo is only minimally retouched, I corrected the color balance a bit and did a bit of sharpening and contrast enhancement. Nothing more.
In my camera bag
After my Nikon equipment grew to heavy for my taste, I switched to the Micro Four Thirds system. Nowadays, I use an Olympus E-M1 Mk. II with a bunch of lenses.
Feedback
When walking through the zoo, take your time in front of the different animals to learn their behaviour. On each visit, you might still see something unexpected, so keep your camera ready at all times. And look at the feeding plans ;)

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