Verreaux's Eagle-Owl

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On our first day in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa, we were treated to a special sighting: a Verreaux's eagle-owl.

This is a very large owl, and the species has the distinction of being the only owl in the world with pink eyelids.

As is typical of owls, this one was high up in a tall tree, but by pure luck, the owl was illuminated by the sun through the foliage.

It was not an easy image to capture, but I managed to do so despite the distance and difficult lighting conditions.

It was special to see a Verreaux's eagle-owl, and I was fortunate enough to be able to record the moment.

Published on Saturday, 26 November, 2022.

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Date Sunday, 30 October, 2022
Time 4:17pm
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Lens Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Extender Canon Extender EF 2x II
Focal Length 600mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter Speed 1/800th of a second
ISO 400
Exposure Mode Manual
Subject Distance 17.80m

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