Bird Photo Competition 2012 : Entry Number 248

Judges Comment

A wonderful collection of textures as this dozing owl huddles against a lichen-covered tree-trunk.

Photographers Comment

Thank you very much for the honor and recognition. My name is Erika Atherton. I am a freelance photographer from Grosse Pointe, Michigan. This photo was also taken at Howell Nature Center in Howell Michigan. It was shot with a Sigman 50-500 f/4.5-6.3 mounted on a Nikon D300 at 380mm, ISO 400, f8, 1/200 with some minor adjustments made to color and contrast. I am currently developing my website but some of my work can be viewed here: