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Copyright: eric gallez (gallezeric) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 0 N: 113] (1675)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm DX
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-08 4:35
Viewed: 3942
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The harfang of snows is a majestic bird which raises much amazement. See this bird to fly is, quite simply, a marvellous spectacle. I am sure, that like me, you dream to better know that which one calls also the owl of snows. Where did it see? The harfang of snows lives in north of Asia and Europe and in North America. This beautiful bird lives countries such as Canada and the United States. It is besides one of the emblems of the province of Quebec. Its characteristics The harfang of snows is the largest bird of its kind. Indeed, if his wings are counted, it has a scale from 140 to 160 cm. Its plumage is of white color, with sometimes, especially in the female, of the stripes and/or the small tasks. Its head is round and its eyes are yellow. In this bird, as at several others, the female is larger than the male. The harfang of snows is one of the rare birds to have feathers until the end of the legs. Small uncommon fact, its neck can turn up to 270 degrees but, thanks to the speed with which it carries out this movement, it gives the impression to us to turn to 360 degrees. Its food The harfang of snows is carnivorous. This bird eats small animals like, of the lemmings, hares. It eats also fish and even, other birds! The harfang of snows is at the same time night and diurnal thus, it drives out the day like the night. Its excellent night vision made of him a very good hunter. If the harfang of snows reduces its activities to the maximum, it is able not to eat during 40 days! However, if its will wants it well, it can eat to 300 mice in 1 month. Impressing! Its way of life The harfang of snows is a solitary bird, except during the period of reproduction. This beautiful bird is, like several others, a migratory bird. Although it does not emigrate until Florida, the harfang of snows goes down until in the center from Quebec, sometimes. Those which live Europe and Asia also emigrate in places a little less cold, during the winter. Its habitat The habitat of this bird of snows varies according to seasons'. The summer, it lives in north, in the tundra, while the winter, it goes down towards the south. During this season, the harfang of snows seeks fields, marshes or shores. It likes especially the extents dishes. source: larocque véronique

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Hi Eric,
Good sharpness. Snowy is well depicted.
Noise in the background though. You can get rid of that using a tool in Photoshop or a one trick poney software as NeatImage. The latter seems to be better. I saw the results but I haven't bought or used it myself though.

this is a very beautiful owl!
goos sharpness and fine exposed
well done!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-08 7:16]

Hello Eric,
I love snow owls a lot. The composition and focus here is very good, good handling of the exposure, and ofcourse a lovely glance. TFS

bonjour eric:
suberb photo que dir de plus ,pour moi rien je suis jalouse de ne pas pouvoir en faire des commes toi un grand bravo,beaux plumage ,belle oiseau

salut ERIC
( je ris a ch fois que je regarde ta présentation!!!!) il est trop mignon ce gignol!!!
bonne capture de cet oiseau des neiges, bonne nettteté et tre bonne note

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-08 12:11]

Hi Eric,

What a beautiful owl! I can just imagine seeing it fly. The details in this shot are marvelous. I doubt I will ever see one so thank you so much for sharing.


Hi, Eric.
Very nice one! Technically looks great. Exposure, sharpness, details - all are high quality. Straight eye contact. Supporting dark BG. And good compo.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-08 15:17]

Hi Eric.
Beautiful capture.Exposure,sharpness and details are great.Very good eye contact.Very nice contrasted colours.Nicely composed.Well done,i like it very much.
TFS and greetings Milos

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-08 17:53]

Hola Eric.- Toda una joya de fotografia es esta bella postal, muy natural y con hermosos colores en blanco, sus ojos lucen de sobremanera en este hermoso plumaje. Felicidades Luis52.

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  • kojak Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 19] (163)
  • [2007-01-08 17:59]

Impressionante! Belle composition et bien detaillée.


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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-08 21:13]

Hello Eric,
Very nice portrait. Good exposure of the white plumage and nice effect in contrast with the dark background. The noise is not so prominent in fact :-)
Best greetings,

Bonjour Eric!
Quelle magnifique image: réellement impressionnant! Ta composition donne toute sa majesté à ce superbe oiseau. Et quelle netteté...

Belle photo d'un rapace nocturne superbe,quelle beauté cette bête. Thomas

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2007-01-09 7:11]

Magnifique ta photo
belle netteté et splendides détails belle présentation Eric
bravo et merci


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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-01-23 10:08]

Hi Eric,
very nice shot,I like this owl,it looks like it has white boots.the expression of its face is lovely.Good model and very well done.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-02-03 19:15]

Bonjour Éric,
Une vrai beautée très bien rendue par votre superbe travail. Merci

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