Posted by Marcia Dick September 28, 2012 08:00 AM
Medford photographer George McLean had birds on the brain - and provides a preview of Halloween - from his most recent forays in the woods:
"Here is a great horned owl in flight taken with an auxiliary flash at dusk. Most wildlife photographers can tell when a bird is getting ready to fly, so they start taking pictures just before it takes off. The flash duration is at 2000th of a second, that's too quick to hurt an animal's eyes.
"Coming into the witching season of "ghosties and ghoulies and long-leggedy beasties," I thought this owl would be appropriate."
"This is first for me, two photos at once. I am photographing so much of nature's bounty I want to share with all. The reflective light in an area of Mount Auburn turns the coloring of this mature red-tailed hawk's bill blue.
"My second choice is a young Baltimore oriole on his way south in the muted shade of the Sweetbay magnolia tree at Auburn Lake."