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Rolling With the Punches
Photograph by Tim Laman

The Mantanani scops-owl prowls the night above small islands surrounding Palawan, the westernmost Philippine province. Although threatened by habitat loss, this is one of the fortunate few species that can survive in disturbed and second-growth forests. At least 16 species of owl are endemic to the archipelago, including the vulnerable Philippine eagle-owl, which, with a wingspan of about four feet (one meter), is one of the largest owls in the world.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1v
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia
Lens: Canon 600 mm f/4 IS
Speed and F-Stop: Approx. 1/125 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: 11 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Canon 550EX strobe.
Special Comments:I held the flash about three feet (one meter) above the camera and lens to prevent red eye. A flash extender (a fresnel lens attachment) increased the flash range for the long telephoto shot.

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