My feathered friend

 By: cazalea : October 8th, 2019-13:25
I "spotted" this spotted owl taking a siesta under the canopy of our big rubber trees. The crows were squawking around him but couldn't get under there without risk to themselves, so they eventually went away.

He stayed put for a nap and a quick grooming session.

taking care of himself

before opening one sleepy eye 

and checking me out more closely. He's happy to stick around as he apparently feels no threat from me at the 600mm zoom setting on my camera. 



Wow! Well spotted (haha) and fantastic pics!

 By: Bounce781 : October 8th, 2019-13:39

What a beautiful creature

 By: onnomon : October 8th, 2019-14:14
it must be a sign..or do you see owls frequently?

We have had regular visitors in the tree over the past decade

 By: cazalea : October 8th, 2019-14:47
Probably a few times each year. I think the owl (from my original post) is normally seen in a big tree a hundred meters or so down the canyon.

Here's one I caught on camera about 5 years ago.

And this one about 15 years ago, in our pine tree.

We have lots of nocturnal visitors too. 

Cat watching skunks and possum

Raccoon watching me!


It's pretty much a wilderness in the middle of the city


I get all those too EXCEPT the owl! Wished I saw more owls!

 By: patrick_y : October 8th, 2019-15:25
I see deer in my neighborhood too.

Looking for cats or other small animals...

 By: cshimokita : October 8th, 2019-14:29
Nicely captured... the digital zoom seems to produce good results...

I guess it was the crows that alerted you...  good to see more of your garden.


That was just optical I think

 By: cazalea : October 8th, 2019-14:45
Unless the phone data tells you more than I know.

Here a photo from my new iPhone 11 Pro zoom

Canon SX70 HS Specifications

 By: cshimokita : October 9th, 2019-17:14
Focal Length:3.8 - 247.0 mm (Equivalent: 21-1365 mm)
Crop Factor: 5.526

Sensor size: 4.55 x 6.17 mm
Image ratio: 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9

Optical Zoom: 65x
Digital Zoom: Approx. 4x
Combined: Approx. 260x

WPS strips the exif data from the images... so digital zoom was a guess on my part...




Digital Zoom (Advanced User Guide - page 76)

When distant subjects are too far away to enlarge using the optical zoom, use digital zoom for up to about 260x enlargement.

Using the zoom lever or zoom button will show the current position on the zoom bar. The zoom bar is color-coded to indicate the zoom range.

- White range: optical zoom range where the image will not appear grainy.
- Yellow range: digital zoom range where the image is not noticeably grainy (ZoomPlus).
- Blue range: digital zoom range where the image will appear grainy.

No blue range is displayed under certain pixel count settings, and you can zoom in to the maximum level in one zoom operation.

I’m using a Sony RX10 iv

 By: cazalea : October 9th, 2019-18:10
The camera says
ISO 400, 500, 640

Sony RX10M4

 By: cshimokita : October 9th, 2019-19:39
Focal length: 8.8 ~ 220mm
Focal length: 24–600 mm (equiv)

Optical zoom: 25× (24 to 600 mm)
Digital zoom: 4x

If 600 mm equivalent lens isn't enough, digital zoom works by cropping the image.

∴ owl at 600 mm was optical zoom ; )




I understand the exif data indicates 8.8 to 220 mm
While the camera display shows  24 to 600 mm

Nice owl! I wouldn't mind having an owl nest in one of my trees! Maybe it'll catch the ground hogs digging up my back yard! [nt]

 By: patrick_y : October 8th, 2019-15:20
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Owls are fascinating....

 By: Cpt Scarlet : October 9th, 2019-01:38
great photos Mike. 

Preserve the nature

 By: Quan : October 9th, 2019-02:21
and we will get surprise visitors

Nice photos

Caz, you are one of our most diverse and interesting mods. These photos are stunning.

 By: halgedahl : October 9th, 2019-11:43
We had a lovely Barred Owl in our neighborhood trees this summer early on. He was most vocal, hooting his "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you'all?" at all hours—especially mid-afternoon. I had him in the binocs several times, but my iPhone pics looked as bad or worse than yours. Your 600mm really brings out the beauty of this stately fellow. Marvelous. Many thanks for posting!    FH