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Look me in the eye!

Look me in the eye!
Photo Information
Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300XR, Digital ISO 100, Skylight
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Predaceous birds - Aves predadoras [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-03 3:33
Viewed: 4355
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Owls are one of my favorite subject to photograph, but definitely not the easiest.
Their eyes are probable the most beautiful eye on this planet and this post is of the
Bengal Eagle Owl

Dark and light morphs of this bird occur.
The facial disc is fulvous-brown to buffy, with a prominent blackish rim. The eyebrows are start out whitish at the centre of the face, and change to a blackish line at a point just above the centre of each eye, and then continue up to the dark ear tufts. the Forehead is buffy brown, with small blackish flecks, which become greater in number towards the crown, giving it a dark appearance. Eyes are Orange-yellow to orange-red, and the bill greenish-horn to slate-black. The Chin and throat are white.
Upperparts are tawny brown, mottled and streaked with blackish brown. There is often a whitish bar across the shoulder.
Wing and Tail feathers are tawny-buff, barred with blackish brown.
Lower parts are fulvous, becoming whitish near the centre. The upper breast has small, dark streaks, with the rest of the underparts having fine streaks and faint cross-bars, which become fainter towards the abdomen.
Legs and toes are feathered fulvous, with the outer joints of the toes being bare, and a greenish-slate colour. The claws are dusky black.
Bengal Eagle Owls are mostly nocturnal. They fly with slow, deliberate wingbeats, with long bouts of gliding.

Length 50-56 cm (19.7-22")
Wing Length Male 364-390mm (14.3-15.4") Female 375-425mm (14.8-16.7")

Male has a deep, resonant, double hoot bu-whooh, repeated at intervals of several seconds. The female's song is similar, with a slightly higher pitch. At the nest both sexes with may make a clucking noise, or a series of huwoo-huwoo sounds - again, the female is slightly higher in pitch.

Hunting & Food:
Bengal Eagle Owls usually hunt from a perch, but will also make low foraging flights to dive on prey. They primarily hunt rats and mice, but will also take birds up to the size of peafowl. They will also eat reptiles, frogs, crabs and large insects.
Pellets are up to 150 x 40mm (5.9 x 1.6")

The nest is usually a shallow scrape on bare earth. This may be on a protected rock ledge, river bank, or a recess in a cliff that is in a ravine. They have also been known to nest on the ground under a bush, or between rocks on a slope.
2-4 white eggs are laid, averaging 53.6 x 43.8mm (2.1 x 1.7"). They are incubated by the female for 35 days.

Rocky Hills with bushes, earth banks, wooded county with ravines, semi-deserts with rocks and bushes.

West Himalayas, Pakistan, throughout India, Kashmir, Nepal, Assam and Burma.

The camera settings:

Program Setting: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 286mm
F Stop: F/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec
ISO: 100
Tripod: Yes
Flash: Diffused Off Camera TTL
Reflective Panel: No
Cable release: No

gerhardt, mrvdm1, red45, willie, marhowie, PDP, RAP, Fisher, coasties, deud, cristie has marked this note useful
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It's strange how the chest feathers always looks OOF but they are not. The mugshots are great. This is one owl I have not seen before, it must be a new addition. Great work Japie.

Another good one Japie!! The color is amazing and the eyes . . . I get a creepy feeling if I look into them. Thanks for posting!

yes, the eyes are the most wonderful!that's why i have on i my intro.
great shot,excelent detail on the feithers, focus and sharpness is good to.
he realy look right in the eyes, good shot!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-03 5:53]

Really deep eyes, nice BG and superb details. Overall very good capture Japie.

Great Japie.
Very good colours, the eyes is fantastic and very good sharpness..
Excellent work.

Japie, Well this one belongs on the cover of National Geographic!! The eyes have it again! ;-) I have to use the worn-out "what can I say" AGAIN! Just superb & very well done!!!

Great Picture. Focus and detail is spectacular, especially the eyes.
Very good. Excellent notes

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-03 7:57]

Very nice work Japie, the eyes are amazing and the details are very good. Note is excellent as usual.

Well done.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-03 9:27]

Hipnotizante mirada... me recuerda algún fábula child las lechuzas.
Espectacular entrega con hermoso colorido y gran agudeza.
El DOF de la imagen al igual que el encuadre son realmente muy buenos.
Gran nota... sin dudas.

Hypnotic glance... I remember to me some childish fable on owls.
Spectacular post with beautiful colorful and great sharpness.
The DOF of the image like the frame is really very good.
Great note... without doubts.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-11-03 12:20]

What a stare, excelent capture. An interesting note.
Well done

très beau ton hibou bravo pour la prise si tu l'as pris dans la nature

Parfait. Que dire d'autre d'une telle photo. Sens du détail, couleurs impeccable etc, etc... Grand merci pour cet échange. Rudy.

Great image. Is that really the colour of his eyes? He's a wonderful speciman. Thanks for sharing

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-11-05 3:23]

Excellent capture! Beautiful eyes. Nice work.

Beautiful, I also had to vote this one, those are a very beautiful eyes. TFS.
PT Tomorrow.

What a beautiful owl and fantasitc photo! Thanks for the critique :)

P.S.: I love owls :D

Great photo, Japie - clear, well-composed and with an appealing look on the owl's face. Congratulations.

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