Three Views of a Western Screech Owl

Wickersham's Conscience

WC and Mrs. WC had a lovely visitor to their backyard recently. Photos were taken.

Western Screech Owl, Boise, Idaho Western Screech Owl, Boise, Idaho

Many times, the issue with a bird photograph is the background. That’s especially true when you are around manmade structures. As in a back yard. This owl was perched on the side of an elm tree, behind WC’s garage. From this angle, the background is cluttered with out of focus leaves and stored stuff. The bird is pretty good, the tree is okay but the background is seriously distracting.

Western Screech Owl, Boise, Idaho Western Screech Owl, Boise, Idaho

At a slightly different angle, the background is the side of WC’s recently painted garage. It’s a nice, uniform color but an unnatural color. WC likes the color as house paint, but as a background to a bird photo? Not so much.

Western Screech Owl, Boise, Idaho Western Screech Owl, Boise, Idaho

In our final shot, from a yet another angle…

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