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Philippine Scops Owl

Philippine Scops Owl
Photo Information
Copyright: Cathy Wong (cwong) (17)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S50
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Predaceous birds - Aves predadoras, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-30 7:17
Viewed: 8820
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
(Otus megalotis)

This bird is one of the smallest owls that can found in the tropical forest of the Philippines. It can grow to 200mm in length.
Features: A very beautiful owl with the typically intricate plumage and ear-tufts of a Scops, a black and white frosting on the face and breast and piercing orange eyes.
Prey: Insects

This is Yoda, an adult owl, surrendered to the rescue center of SBMA Philippines.

Crop the photo, decreased the brightness, increased the contrast and resized for TN. I like this photo and I hope you'll like it too. I'm just a beginner so any critiques/tips/comments are very welcome. Thanks in advance.


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It's good photo of this interesting bird.I like the look of its face and eyes - it's something mysterious in it, maybe even evil.
The sharpness is also good.
The only thing I don't like much is the composition. I think there should be some free space sideways - the bird shouldn't "fill" all photo.

Lots of details, and sharp, but highlights are blown out, perhaps toning it down by a half stop or so would have worked better. Agree that the cut off ears are a bit distracting, but still a striking image.

Another striking owl from Phillipines. Everyday I find the fauna of the Phillipines more bizarre (to me) and exciting , this is the second unusual owl I see (last one looked half owl half hawk) and then I saw you have the bulky eyed tarsisus ... fascinating !

Agree with the other critics about the cropping of the ears, but the subject is fantastic and the quality of the shot very very good. A big welcome to TN. Hope to see more photos and critiques soon.

Very good first post Cathy.
Good colours and details.
Agree with the others about the ears.
Well done.
Welcome to TN.

Why did you cut the ears? It would have been perfect....
Good shot good DOF, and good pose.
Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-07 22:12]

Welcome here to TN Cathy and I like your first post. This is a beautiful image with good contrast. I personally would not have cropped off the ears.Very well done.

Thanks for posting and I hope to see lots more of your work

Points tomorrow

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