At last, spring has figured out the route to our country and now nature can go about its regular business for this time of the year: bloom, blossom and florish! While most photographers may have gone searching for blue Moorfrogs, delicate flowers, displaying songbirds or the first insects, I decided to stick to the plan and went for another morning in the hide at the Little Owl site. As if on cue, after only 5 minutes in the hide, the female arrived at the nesting box and stayed for no less than 3,5 hours. All this time, she just sat there and preened itself, mostly with its back towards me. They seem to have accepted my presence, which of course is a good thing. The male made only two very short appearances, but that was enough for me to materialize my goal for the day, which was a photograph of both owls on top of the nesting box. A pre-parental family portrait so to speak. I could have done with better light and something else than a grey sky, but I am not going to complain. Now it’s time for the birch tree to grow fresh green leafs, giving my photographs a completely different feel from the ones already in the pocket.

Because I do not want this blog to become a Little Owl photo album, I decided to post an image from last week. When I was on my way to the fishing ponds long before dawn, I came across this Roe Deer doe. She is one of a trio that I almost always encounter at the same spot. I deliberately kept the bluish predawn colors (like I did last week), I seem to be getting more and more partial towards the blues. It was not a choice, but merely a must to pan with the movement of the Roe Deer, there just wasn’t enough light for anything else.

Dawn of the Doe; Canon 5D Mark III w. 500/4L IS; 1/6s at F4 and ISO3200; beanbag from vehicle