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Proud bird

Proud bird
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Copyright: teunie polak (wuta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus C-740 UZ
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-16 13:54
Viewed: 7908
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 108
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Great Horned Owl is the largest owl in North America. It is sometimes called the cat owl. This widespread bird of prey lives in mountains, grasslands, conifer forests, deserts, chapparals, and many other habitats in North and South America. Its scientific name is Bubo virginianus (Genus and species). Its call is a far-carrying hoot.
Anatomy: This owl is 18 to 25 inches (46-64 cm) long and has a wing span of 52 to 55 inches (1.3-1.4 m); its weight averages about 3 pounds (1.5 kg). The feathers of the Horned Owl are gray to brown to buff to black. There is a patch of white feathers on the brown chest (called a "gular"). The eyes are yellow with round black pupils. Large tufts of feathers on its head give this owl its name; they are neither ears nor horns, they are just feathers.

Diet: Owls are carnivores (meat-eaters). The Great Horned Owl is mostly nocturnal (most active at night). Owls use a keen sense of sight to find prey in the dark (they see mostly in black and white). They also have an acute sense of hearing which helps in finding meals. Owls are stealth hunters; they can easily sneak up on their prey since their fluffy feathers give them almost silent flight. The Great Horned Owl hunts and eats mammals (like rabbits, skunks, woodchucks, mice, rats, and squirrels), birds (ducks, quail, and geese), and fish. The owl is at the top of the food web; it has no major predators. It sometimes eats its prey whole and later regurgitates the bones, fur, and feathers in pellets.

Nest and Eggs: Great Horned Owls usually use abandoned hawk or heron nests. In each clutch (a set of eggs laid at one time), females lay 2-3 white eggs. The eggs take 28-30 days to hatch; both parents incubate the eggs.

This one was taken in Antwerpen Zoo , I was there together with my husband carper (jaap) I hope you like the shot .
Greetings Teunie.

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Hi Teunie,
I love this shot - such a majestic pose and these impressive eyes. And it looks like it is wearing warm trouseres for the winter now ;-)
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Teunie.

Fantastic bird, noce details an colors.


Great detail and clarity. I think you framed him just right.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-16 20:14]
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Hi Teunie

I am sure you must be very proud after capturing this 'Proud Bird'. You nailed this one with amazing clarity and display the specimen in all its spectacular splendour.

Your composition is excellent and I like the POV and the cropping. You are clearly visible in the reflection in the one eye. The details are very impressive, the colours are natural, and the exposure was flawlessly managed. You don't say whether you used a tripod or not, but if this was hand held at 1/80 shutter speed it is just great.

Very well done and TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-16 20:20]

Excellent details on this unusual owl, Teunie.
I really like the intricate patterns on his plumage.
Great POV and good light.
Wish the cement curb were not there, but oh well.
TFS. : )

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2006-11-17 2:12]

Hallo Teuni,

Dit Uil type zijn zo mooi door de kleine oortjes op hun kop, het camouflage kleed is wel zeer prachtig, maar in Mei zijn normaal op hun mooist, de ogen en zijn klauwen heeft voortreffelijk aan ons laten zien, houd in dat vrouwen evengoed met de camera om kunnen dan onze mannelijke collega's. Prachtig beeld, mijn man en ik zullen volgende zomer zeker de dierentuin bezoeken.


Hi Teunie

Cute Hawk Owl. Nicely composed shot. Very good saturation of colour. Excellent clear sharp details. Nice camera work.

Hello Teunie,
this is a great shot from the Northern Hawk Owl. I like it very much. Great sharpness, details and great POP. This is a great composition. Thank you for posting.

bonjour teunie
tres reussi ce gros plan,les details sont presents,la netteté est bonne.
il aurait été mieux perché sur un arbre,mais on ne choisit pas toujours.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-17 6:30]

Hello Teunie,
Magnificent capture of Hawk Owl.I liked POV,pose of bird,clear details,glisten eyes and visual impact a lot.

Hi Teunie,
A very beautiful Northern Hawk Owl. Perfect exposure has brought out all the great colors and sharp detail here. You have captured an excellent pose. Nice work!

Hoi Teunie,

Ik vind uilen altijd van die trotse en machtige vogels en deze heb je mooi gefotografeerd.
Goeie pose en mooie kleuren en details.
Mooi gedaan!

Groetjes, Nel

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-17 9:11]

Hi Teunie.
Beautiful and skilful picture was taken and shared by you. BRAVO. I like great, nice and clear colours, exact details, captured pose of the owl and nice presentation of the image. Thank you very much and my compliments.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2006-11-17 16:38]

Hi Teunie, This is a beautiful representative of the Great Horned Owl. Very nicely captured.

Thanks, John

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-17 23:10]

Hi Teunie,
lovely portrait of this owl. Sharpness and details are wonderful. A very nice POV and great exposure.

Hello Teunie,
Oh yes, he seems very proud indeed! You caught excellent details in a very good POV and composition. Those guys always amazed me by their eyes... I always wonder what they see ;) You caught a great pose from the bird! Well done and TFS,

Hallo teunie,
Mooi portret van deze uil.
Goed scherp en goede compo.

Hi Teunie,
Very nice capture!
Excellent detail in the eyes, nice colours and great pose.
Thanks for sharing!

How come I am seeing you after such a long time, Mrs Polak ... I mean, Teunie?
Anyway, it is always a delight to look at your pictures.
Superb portrait of this handsome owl. I like the way you have captured its animated eyes.
TFS and take care.

Well done Tenuie.
Sharp shot with perfect exposure and nice colors/details. I like the composition with the owl looking back into the frame.
Have a Great Sunday!

lovely pose and 'don't mess with me' attitude. Well done

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-20 13:16]

The gorgeous orange eyes again. Lovely composition and sharp details. I love the stately pose. Wonderful shot



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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-23 16:53]

Hi Teunie
Good shot, Good sharpnes, details, light, colours and POV.
Well done


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-24 4:03]

Excelente captura Teunie... los colores, detalles y texturas que se perciben en el plumaje de esta espléndida ave son maravillosos.
Gran agudeza y foco, a pesar del escaso F3.2 utilizado, con un punto de vista que permite disfrutar de la totalidad del animal.
Una hermosa presentación.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Excellent capture Teunie... the colors, details and textures that are perceived in the plumage of this splendid bird are wonderful.
Great sharpness and focus, in spite of scarce F3.2 used, with a point of view that allows to enjoy the entirety of the animal.
A beautiful presentation.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Wow...I have an Olympus 750UZ and I am not sure I could have gotten as sharp an image as this. However that little camera does often impress me...and it isn't even stabilized.
Nice work.

Evelynn : )

excellente macro, rien de plus a dire que magnifique, tant en couleurs , netteté et tout est parfait

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-11-30 12:28]

Hi Teunie,

Prachtig vastgelegd deze uil, zeer fraaie details en scherpte.
Prachtige compositie en hoek.
gr. paula

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-11-30 17:28]

Hi Teunie,
Great capture of this beautiful Owl.
I like your pov,dof,focus,sharpness,colors,pose and note.TFS
Chris with "h"

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-01 4:33]

Hi Teunie

What a beautiful owl you managed to capture here!
The POV is excellent and the spot-on exposure made the colors look very lovely.
Its pose and look in its eyes is very nice and so the title is very fitting. Excellent work overall.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-09 3:53]

Teunie, es precioso este disparo y magníficos detalles y el colorido del bello plumaje... saludos TFS

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-09 4:08]

Hi Teunie,
Beatiful portrait! Colors, exposure, details, sharpness, pose and composition are fine.
TFS, José M.

Hi I recognize this owl very well. It is common in Sweden and often falls into chimneys. Of course needs help to get out.
Wonderful bird portrait.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-16 21:14]

Hello Teunie

Excellent DOF and POV.The plumage details are sharp and clear,very well focused with excellent natural colours.I really like the details in the eyes.Great job.TFS


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-18 9:39]

Hi Teunie.
It is really splendid portrait these owl.Much me like sharp details on every plumule.Very much nice POV.Good light and very pleasant and well saturated colours.
Great work.TFS.
Greetings Milos

Magnifique image.
Bella imagen de ese buo.

Hi Teunie,
majestical pose, fluffy feathers, shining eyes -
perfect portrait of an impressing bird.
Thank you! Best regards and Merry Christmas to you and your husband our friend Jaap!

WOW awsome detail spot on focus lovely light wish the background was more interesting but still but still clean and nondistracting very well composed and nice pose caught well done rgds Necip.

Salut Teunie
Bravo pour cette belle prise en portrait avec ce bel hibou.Je rêve au jour ou je vais pouvoir en rencontrer un dans la nature et de pouvoir le prendre en portrait comme celui-ci avec ses belles couleurs et ses beaux détails.
Passe de Joyeuses Fêtes toi et ta famille....JP

Knock my socks off! Teunie how nice to see a cameo!
Sharp bird, nice socks! Too bad you had to go to a zoo to find one, eh. ;j.

PS I had hoped you shot this with the s7000.
PSS Any PP on this shot?

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-01-06 12:01]

Beautiful bird Teunie, very well pictured by you. Very sharp with a perfect lighting good work ! Thanks,


hi teunie!
A very beautiful owl!
perfect sharpness and well composed

Hello Teunie,
Lovely shot! You've captured the owl in a very nice pose and with lots of good details.
VERY WELL DONE on this one!

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-01-11 19:23]

Hello Teunie, this is a very nice shot. The focus and sharpness and it's a very good pose. My only nit is the background which I think doesn't add anything to the shot. Very well done.

hi teunie
very beautiful catch of sight a perfect framing a very good clearness and beautiful colors good detail cheer


Beautiful shot, you nailed the exposure perfectly!
Well taken.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-01-28 1:25]

Hello teunie,
Great portrait picture of this owl.
Great position, color and sharpness

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-04 15:52]

Teunie, this is extremely beautiful.

Excellent sharpness, pov and composition.

I like colors and saturation too.

Lovely image.


Now, now, now, this is a really beautyful shot. Great composition, colors and details. It seems to me that it lacks a bit (just a bit) of sharpness, probably due the compression.

Is this one in a cage?

Very good work.

Hi Teunie,
You may be proud of the "proud bird". Absolutely excellent photo, which I bookmark as one of my faves within a few seconds. This tells everything. Big congratulations. Best wishes, László

Hi Teunie,

I apologise for my long absence. The hectic pace of life leaves one little time for relaxation and hobbies.

I like the picture of this owl very much. Very good detail on the bird. What a magnificent animal. I really like it a lot. Well done.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-20 9:25]

Hi Teunie,
Just marking this wonderful post for the moment, lest I miss it, and will come back with a proper critique later.

Hallo Teunie
Although this is one of your much older postings I would like to leave my smiley at it today. What a marvelous shot, and stunning close-up. Just look at the eyes, such an intense stare. I love the glint in the one eye. Wonderful colours of the plumage. What I like the most and what is really impressive is the heart shaped pattern on the face. Everything is just spot on, and I cannot say more than "Congratulations" and "Well Done!" Thanks for sharing this excellent capture.
Kind regards

Beautiful shot of an eagle owl neither a hawk owl or great horned owl!

majestic looking owl.

Ciao Teunie,
bellissima immagine di questo Gufo, catturato con straordinaria definizione, magnifici i colori, splendida la postura a terra e bellissima l'espressione degli occhi.

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