Photo of the Day: Short-eared Owl

By Debra Herst

Photo of the Day: Short-eared Owl

Debra Herst finds herself in a stare down with a raptor.

By Purbita Saha
Published: 04/08/2014

Debra Herst was in Brunswick Point, British Columbia, hunting for a short-eared owl to photograph. Then she came upon the perfect subject. It was resting on a log on the grassy shores of the river delta. As Herst ran through a handful of exposures the bird took of to hunt for rodents. All of a sudden, it veered toward her. The look of recognition that she caught in its eyes adds an element of intimacy to her photograph--a rare sensation between wild creatures and humans.

Though Herst has been a photographer for three decades, she only shifted her gaze to birds in the past few years. Her rule is to never add a species to her life list until she has taken a beautiful photograph of it. Her advice to others: Always be sure to tell a story through the subject, and use light and composition well. But beyond that, all Herst has to say is, "happy birding."

This image was a Top 100 photo from the 2013 Audubon Magazine Photography Awards. To see all of the photos, click here.

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Purbita Saha

Purbita Saha is a reporter for Audubon Magazine whose conservation interests lie in bird and insect behavior. Her Twitter handle is @hahabita

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