Huhurezul mare – Strix uralensis – February 14th, 2015

While on a short trip to Cota 1000 (Sinaia) for imaging comet Lovejoy, I’ve also had the chance of observing and photographing a rather rare nocturnal bird of prey: Strix uralensis, or as it is known in Romania, “Huhurezul mare”.

It was my wife who first saw it on a branch, in a tree thirty meters away.

Since I had the small 65mm Refractor in my hands, preparing to place it onto the equatorial mount for some astrophotography, I’ve also grabbed the Canon camera, and climbed the small hill where the bird’s tree was.

So, the following are some shots taken with the handheld TS APO 65Q F/6.5 (420mm focal length) Refractor and Canon 550D at ISO 800.

At first, the bird was in “sleep mode”:

huhu 2But as soon as we approached the tree, she started paying attention to us:

huhu 1Eventually she got agitated, and flew a bit farther away. My wife caught the moment before departure and the flight itself, using a Canon 100mm lens:

huhu 00

huhu flightThe bird eventually relocated in another tree, this time a bit higher:

huhu 0The encounter finished due to diminishing sunlight but the bird remained there for a while, and we could hear her calls in the night:

huhu 3

Max

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