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Friday, October 19, 2018

Pipe Owls - Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 - Winner announced

Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 - Winner announced

Arshdeep Singh(10 years) from Punjab, India has won the Award for his photograph ‘Pipe Owls. The award ceremony was held at the Natural History Museum, London, last Tuesday.
Pipe Owls - While driving with his father through the city, Arshdeep saw a bird disappearing into an old waste-pipe. He asked to stop the car, then primed his father’s camera and telephoto lens, kneeling up on the seat and resting it on the half-open window at eye-level. It wasn’t long before a spotted owlet emerged, followed by a second. Both stared right at him.

Spotted owlets traditionally nest in tree hollows, where the female lays up to five eggs. Although common in the Punjab, these small birds are rarely seen in the day, as they are nocturnal. This breeding pair – the larger female on the left – is among those using urban nesting sites following widespread deforestation in the region.
Technical specification - Nikon D500 + 500mm f4 lens;1/1600 sec at f4 (-0.7 e/v); ISO 450


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