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Call of the Wild: Eyeing Halloween

Posted by Marcia Dick  September 28, 2012 08:00 AM

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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."

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"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."

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