Wow - thanks for the kind words. I am pretty open to wildlife in general, and a bit of landscapes, and macros, and even some B&W stuff. I have lots of eagles from several trips to Alaska, and Iowa too. But some of my most fun "hunts" over the last 6 months were the short eared owls a friend pointed out to us - so we spent several days over the course of about three months chasing short eared owls locally about 10 miles south of my home in west central Indiana. You may have seen some of them in that Bird gallery. Short eared owls I find pretty challenging as we were shooting shortly before or 30 minutes after sun down. The owls are nocturnal hunters, and they can fly just fine in the dark. But capturing them with long lenses in near dark is interesting - also they don't fly like eagles or other large raptors with long straight smooth lines of flight, but fast, jerky, irregular flight as they hunt 3-10 feet above the terrain. We were typically shooting at 1/1600th ( if we had enough light ) wide open - f 2.8 ->f 5.6 depending on the lens used, usually close to 600mm, at ISOs from 3200 to 12000. It was dark enough that the AF on my camera body was slower than usual as well. But we did find a few keepers. In additon to low light, the ambient temperature varied from 15 degrees to 35-40 degrees, with usually 5-10 knot winds just for grins. So we were dressed in cold weather clothing, shooting lens like Chris's 200-400 IS L, or a Tamron 150-600. But we did have some successes I think, like this one.
After some reflection, I realize that I have omitted mentioning my affection for sandhill cranes. I first discovered them over a dozen years ago in Bosque, and been back many times, but have since photographed them in Indiana, Nebraska, Missouri, Alaska and Florida. If one hasn't seen the great migration of sandhills along the Platte River, near Kearney Nebraska, in April, one has missed one of the greatest wildlife migrations on the planet - over 500,000 sandhills sleeping, wading, eating and soaring. The sound is awesome. The sky turns dark after sunset due to all the swarming cranes coming to roost in the Platte. A great spot to try to capture the cranes against a full moon also. I will create a thread about this a bit later.