<< Previous Next >>

Check my eyes

Check my eyes
Photo Information
Copyright: Willie Miles (willie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-07
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Predaceous birds - Aves predadoras, Owls all over the world, !"The eyes have it..." [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-09 9:01
Viewed: 9890
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Whitefaced Owl ( Witwanguil ) Otus leucotis
The biggest of the small owls 25 - 28cm
Fairly common in the Northern parts of the RSA, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
Likes bushveld especially thorn trees and prefers larger trees.

The subject in this picture has an interesting feature. One eye which is not the same as the normal white faced owl. It is totally black. As I am unsure whether this phenomenon is quite normal in this species, or whether this is due to a defect in the eye, I would like to open this up to discussion and find out if there are any fundies out there who would know the reason for this poor fellow only having one (nice ) eye and one ( weird ) eye.
Look forward to hearing from you guys

Fisher, marhowie, mogens-j, Luc, LordPotty, coasties, gerhardt, miqra, gazo, pmende, pmende, Alan_Kolnik, radz, coyote, carper, olontur, Comandante has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Alan_Kolnik: re Weird Eye.willie 1 12-11 12:52
To gerhardt: Lampies.willie 1 11-12 02:07
To marhowie: What is a sony PDX10Pwillie 1 11-09 10:46
To marhowie: This is a Video Camera...RAP 1 11-09 09:46
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-11-09 9:05]
  • [2]

Interesting Owl indeed. Are you sure you didn't give it a black eye? :)
Excelent comp, colors and detail.


Willie, Great pose, comp. & I like the BG colors & shades. Interesting & strange-looking fellow with the two-eyed coloration? What is a Sony PDX10? How many mp's do you work with..Just curious. Great Post!!

A very interesting post indeed, this poor owl has a very strange look. Did you shoot this in natural enviroment? I guess life must be quite hard for an owl with sight disturbed with this visual defect. It looks like the iris is totally relaxed and the pupil covers all the surface, being permanently in night view mode. You shoot with a camcorder? The quality is more than acceptable. Thanks.

This one will be easy to know any time you see him in the futere - with two different eyes that is for sure.

Very nice capture Willie and well seen. He (if it is a he) is posing very nice like he is wondering what you are doing with that funny thing in your hands. Sharpness, colours and dof are very good. Well done.

  • Great 
  • Pamela Silver Star Critiquer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 2] (207)
  • [2004-11-09 12:45]
  • [2]

I don´t know much about animals, so I only have to say that this is a very good picture, excellente. I like the expression of it.

Very nice animal and interesting image! Almost look like a snowy owl but considering it lives in Africa, I am contraried a bit... As far as the eyes perhaps it was born with or developed some ocular malformation similar to strabismus, just like us humans do, owls might be no exception, still must be much tougher for them since they rely so much on their vision to survive...

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-09 15:26]
  • [2]

Very nice Willie, I can't answer your question about the eye. I think the couple of theories mentioned sound sensible. If you find out different I hope you let us know.

Great shot. fantastic detail and very interesting, well done.

  • Great 
  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-09 16:11]
  • [2]

Una interesante captura... verdaderamente.
La expresion del ave con esa pequeña inclinacion sumado a la inusual mirada bicolor conforman una atractiva imagen.
Buen DOF y agudeza con un bello colorido.

An interesting capture... truely.
The expression of the bird with that small inclination added to the unusual one watched two-color conforms an attractive image.
Good DOF and sharpness with a beautiful colorful one.

  • Great 
  • pyorg (12)
  • [2004-11-09 16:18]
  • [2]

I've nothing more to say. This picture is very expressive.
Great job.

Strange look!. I dont know nothing about this natural aberation... but I dare a WS to try to repair it.
TFS, Willie.

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-09 22:57]
  • [2]

Very beautiful and interesting shot. He looks like a pirate with the one weird eye.

Its the muppet show!
This is a beautiful owl,Willie,and an excellent capture of it.My first guess was that this pupil was dilated much as it would be in dark conditions,but the pointed corner of the dark bit would seem to suggest otherwise.I can't say wether this is a birth defect or whether it has sustained an injury.
A lovely picture though.

Very excpresive shot very well done I like it

Interesting shot. I like the feathers. Good note.

who, interesting eyes!very good shot,good details and colours,well done!

I love these little owls. They are fascinating creatures. Very strange the eye???

Your shots are getting better and better with this videocam. Nice one! Good post.

Any details on "Lampies"?? I might have missed it.

  • Great 
  • artikos Silver Star Critiquer [C: 29 W: 0 N: 0] (1175)
  • [2004-11-10 17:46]
  • [2]

Very nice photo

  • Great 
  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2004-11-12 10:52]
  • [2]

I wonder if this Owl is maybe blind in the one eye? Very good shot, I love the snow white feathers around the nose...well done!

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-11-14 18:48]
  • [2]

Willie, not only sharpness and background are great here. I would say the picture has sense of humor. I know the owl has an weird look, but, at the same time, I think it's funny.

Great job.


  • Great 
  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2004-11-15 22:40]
  • [2]

It's a good one. Nice colors for your background. I'm really stunt for the black eye. I like to discover new species. *

  • Great 
  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-11-25 12:35]
  • [2]

Best looking Maltese poodle look-a-like I have ever seen, Willie. I have noticed this before, but had no chance to comment. This is a gorgeous white-face owlet. I am clue-less as to the eyes, I would go for an injury, where was it taken?
Your work shows tremendous improvement, now only your backaccount shoud show the sme growth, the you can get a new D-srl.

  • Great 
  • pmende Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-11-26 0:57]
  • [2]

Hi Willie

This is one of my fav photos, i love the feathers, the colours, the expression and the eye! I used to work as a vet nurse and have seen something similar in an injured bird (seagull)

Great photo, thanks!

In Poland the owl is the symbol if wisdom. Inher eyes I see that that could be true...

I'm an owl nut (one of those who collect all sorts of owl statues) and this is really great! The eye thing is wierd - I wonder if there is a vet or other expert out there who will give us an opinion? Technically superb - crisp, sharp and colorful, with a great background to help the bird stand out.

  • Great 
  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-12-20 23:54]

Wonderfull image, i like the expression !
Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: ****
Well done Willie

  • Great 
  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2004-12-30 12:18]

Amazing closeup really.Never seen diffent color eyes .New to me.Very well taken i give 10 out of 10 .Thanks for sharing.

Happy Shooting 2005!!

  • Great 
  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-01-02 13:38]


good bird and very perfect photo..

Good composition and critically sharp focus. A good record shot for discussion

I love the clarity and expression on this little guy. Interesting discussion on what has caused his black eye.
Excellent shot! It brought a smile to my face, and those are the photos I treasure.

  • Great 
  • coyote (159)
  • [2005-01-13 19:02]

This is an astounding shot- well done. I certainly have never seen anything like this bird in the natural environment where I'm at/ the "eyes" have it. I like it as it is- kudos.


  • Great 
  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-16 13:00]

I am mad about owls Willie, thats the reason I go back in your archive and I chose for this great owl shot, beaytiful that eyes, fantastic pof and dof, very nice angle you took the shot, great job Willie

Excellent photo :)

Amazing photo with great detail! I noticed the same thing when i tried to photograph an owl; it was like it one eye was blacked out! You can see it here but is nothing compared to your great shot!

Really impressive Willie - and very unusual!

  • Great 
  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-04-22 13:35]

Very nice picture of this owl. Well I don't know so much about owl's and birds in general but I never in my whole life seen on with different colours of their eyes.

Thanks for sharing

Xplorator, I might very well be wrong, but as far as I remember owls rely much more on their ears than their eyes... Still, this must be a handicap if he is blind on one eye.

Great shot Willie!
Thanks for posting


Helo Willie

Hahah :D nice photo

Great capture.Well seen and composed.POV,details,colors and framing are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Almost certainly it is blind in the left eye. It could be a congenital cataract or some remote injury.

Thanks for sharing this gorgeous picture, your focus and POV are absolutely perfect!


Hi Willie,
Its a very interesting shot. Well after searching a couple of site, it looks like this poor owl has a defect in its eye. Great Shot!

  • Great 
  • PerR Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 2 N: 16] (99)
  • [2006-04-14 14:06]

Hi Willie.
Nice shot with good details, colours and light.
To your Q; I think this owl is just blinking with his eye. The don't do like us humans that blink with booth eyes at the same time.

Calibration Check