Zero Noise Reduction!
iso 4000 is the setting on my a9, so in post processing, this image was just fine as is!
Neat situation, we are standing on the roadside, the owl perches a few feet above the sidewalk, we give it plenty of room, and wow, it flies into the ditch within 12 feet of me. so much for the theory of disturbing the poor owl!
Remarkably, the hunt was successful! And the vole was far from happy., so as they say that is life. This is 1 of at least 100 shots with this encounter, too many to choose from when the fps is 20!
At this point, the owl was ready for lift off, and proceeded to the trees to store the food for a later date. Good fun!
Northern Hawk Owl with fresh lunch!
Sony Alpha α9 ,Sony 100-400GM
1/2000s f/8.0 at 250.0mm iso4000