Since I started with wildlife photography, owls have fascinated me.

Just finding and observing these remarkable creatures during the night it’s pretty challenging, let alone to photograph them successfully.

I was lucky enough to meet and work with Fundación Rapaces de Costa Rica, a Non-profit organization that is dedicated to the study and conservation of birds of prey in Costa Rica.

With them, we spent countless nights in pretty much every National Park and private reserves of the country chasing after every Owl species that can be found.

We also invested a lot of time in scouting and studying locations, nesting sites, hunting sites, and for some images, I even set up motion sensor triggers to get the image that I was aiming for.

Get out there at night and keep listening.  Be curious, There is always something to find.

On the winding path
I continued to follow
An owl sat perched
Old tree remain hollow

It’s eyes were wide
Piercing through me
Claws dug in
To the barren tree

Hoot hoot hoot
A steady beat
Inviting me
To take a seat

Under the owl
I took my place
Reached for a stick
To trace

My name in the mud
Rummaged through my bag
Began to take
Yet another drag

Turning to ashes
I was in the night
Under the owl
I felt just right.

Owl poem by Victoria Ruth
Text by Chris Jimenez – 

Consider listening to this track while going through the story. It adds to the experience.

Turning to ashes I was in the night
Under the owl I felt just right.
Victoria Ruth

The 14 species of owls that can be found in Costa Rica and a little bit of their lives

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The photography gear used in this story. Click on the items for more details.


Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon 5D Mark III


Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS

Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di-II VC HLD


Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT

Yongnuo YN 560 III

Gitzo GT0532 Mountaineer Tripod

MindShift BackLight 26L Backpack

Wimberley WH-200 Wimberley Gimbal Head II


Any National Park or Private Reserve at night is good place to observe and photograph owls. Rainforest areas like Braulio Carrillo National Park and Sarapiqui are very good as well

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