Collin J Örthner – Photographer

May 11, 2012

Northern Saw Whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)

Filed under: Birds, E-M5, m4/3, Nature, Panorama, Panoramic, Video Grabs — collin j örthner @ 4:20 am

I had the great opportunity tonight to shoot some video of a tiny Northern Saw Whet Owl in Red Deer County thanks to Phil French and Jim Potter. Alexander and I headed out and we drove about half an hour SE of Red Deer onto a lease road as far as we could and then walked into the bush for a couple hundred meters to an old snag. Everyone was being very quiet as I set up the camera so as not to disturb the owl if at all possible. When all was set and ready to go, I started the camera and gave the sign that I was rolling. Jim rubbed a stick against the snag and almost immediately the owl poked her head out to see who was there. I shot about four minutes of video until the owl was satisfied we were not of any concern and hopped back into her hole. I packed everything back up and we left quietly and headed back to the vehicles after seeing an amazing little bird! This image is a still image grabbed off the video, so isn’t of very high resolution, but I wanted to share it.

[Olympus E-M5, Canon FD 800mm f/5.6]



  1. Hi there. Very nice picture, even as a video grab its far better then most still pictures you see. I live in Toronto, Ontario, and this past Friday, my wife and I came upon an adult Saw-Whet Owl out in the bush. This was the first time as birders that we had ever seen a Saw-Whet Owl. Fortunately, we had our camera with us and got some good pictures and video. We have posted them for anyone interested at:

    Comment by Frame To Frame (@FrameToFrameBJ) — October 30, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    • Fabulous sighting yourself!! Wow, that must have been amazing to see so close.

      Comment by collin orthner — November 2, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

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