PHOTO TIP :: Human-like characteristics are succesful

April 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Portraying an animal with human-like characteristics always has been successful in the world of wildlife photography. We recognise a part of ourselves in the animal, and so we come closer to the subject. Two Little Owls (Athene noctua) perching on a branchTwo Little Owls (Athene noctua) perching on a branchAdult and young Little Owls (Athene noctua) perching on a branch

It just comes down to pushing that shutter button at the right time and/or look for the perfect composition. It looks like the young of this Little Owl is showing its affection to the mother, with a kiss, but the reality couldn't be further from the truth.
I had been in a hide for a few hours, during which time the parent continuously was bringing food to the young. The young was guttling very fast and I had to use burst mode so I wouldn't miss a shot. The moment the food was gone, the young kept snapping and the parent suddenly looked at me. These three things in one shot create the illusion of a kiss. In fact, the parent should be lucky it didn't lose an eye :)


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