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Verreaux's Eagle Owl

Verreaux's Eagle Owl
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-30 7:22
Viewed: 4082
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Verreaux's Eagle-Owl, Bubo lacteus (also known as the Milky Eagle Owl, Giant Eagle Owl), is a member of the family Strigidae and is the largest African owl. This owl is claimed to be the world's third largest owl; after the Blakiston's Fish Owl and Eurasian Eagle-Owl.

Verreaux's Eagle-Owl ranges from 60–65 cm in length. This species has an average wingspan of 140 cm and weighs from1.60–3.10 kg. In appearance, they are distinguished by a whitish oval disk face with a black border, pink eyelids, orange eyes and two feather tufts on their ears. Their feathers are dark brown on top and light grey below.

They are nocturnal birds and roost in tall trees. They sleep lightly and will awaken very quickly to defend themselves from attack in daylight hours.

They hunt in early evening. Full-grown owls feed on hares, mongoose, guinea fowl and many other small game animals. They are one of the very few birds to feed on hedgehogs. Near cities their prey include rats and pigeons.

Breeding takes place from March to September. The female lays two eggs and incubates them for thirty-eight days. She remains on the nest for the entire incubation period while the male hunts for food for both of them. The first egg to hatch is the first to be fed, and if food is not plentiful only the first one hatched will be fed. If food is abundant, both owlets will be fed. The chicks are ready to leave the nest at nine weeks but may remain with the parents for up to three months.

Source: Wikipedia

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Cute picture from your archives, Peter, my neighbour.
This Owl has a smaller or injured left eye. Or is it squinting at you?
Excellent frontal POV and a fine composition.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2012-06-30 8:12]

Hello Peter,
The details are outstanding ! as well the clarity ! TFS Tina

Wow ! Never seen an owl so clear. Fantastic pic.

wow Peter! another new bird! and an Owl! i am falling for Owls now-a-days :)
looks at those eyes... what a mood... as if was judging you :D
nice photograph. thanks for this post.
have a lovely weekend.

Hello Peter,
An excellent capture with fine colors, details & pose. Well composed & presented. Great work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


Ciao Peter.
Complimenti per i stupendi dettagli e eccellente nitidezza,bellissimi colori con le loro sfumature ,bene la composizione proprio un bel lavoro complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

hallo Peter
Deze staat er wel erg goed op
super mooi van scherpte veel details en prachtige veren heeft deze uil
mooi plaatje
'groet lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-06-30 11:15]

Hello Peter,
Nice to have this imprerssive African Owl as neighbour and of course you the photographer... Ilike the bird's glance at your address a lot. Fine colors and sharpness, good composition too. Love the subtle plumage of the bird.
Have a nice weekend
Kind regards

Hi Peter,
excellent photo of this bird. What a pose and eyesight. Perfect composition. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-30 15:44]

Waaw Peter,i never seen a beautiful owl like this! What a magnificent plumage and what a spectacular desing of the body,your fantastic pic at the top of quality is the best way to discover this beauty,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
great capture of this large Owl with good sharpness and a well chosen frontal POV. I also like the fine clarity and the natural colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter,
A marvelous composition. Wonderful bird. A very interesting species of Eagle-Owl bird. It is a perfect photo taken from a very good low POV. The details are fantastic. Very sharp and excellent natural colors. I am lucking for owls about four years, never have the chance to take a picture with them.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Peter,

A very good shot of this large owl. Excellent detail and very good white balance, colours and dof. Very good bg.
TFS regards Bill

Another impressive bird Peter! Beautiful photo with good composition, nice lighting and good sharpness.

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  • kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
  • [2012-07-01 16:23]

Hello, a special close up of the Eagle Owl and you have managed to capture it with sharpness and strong detail. The colors are fantastic. Nikon is an amazing camera and you have captured a wonderful image by using DOF to your advantage here. TFS,

Hello Peter
Wonderful capture of this eagle owl.Great close composition,wonderful colours and excellent sharpness.
Thank You
Have a good week!
Best regards

Hello Peter,even with the low light conditions you have managed to keep the image nicely sharp with good detail in the plumage.
The high light in its eye adds life to the image.
Best wishes Les.

Ciao Peter. Great portrait for the pleasant friend. Impressive details and exciting light. Best redards MF.


Hello Peter

Excellent photo of this species of owl, with fine POV
and appropriate vertical framing, beautiful eye-contact,
excellent focus, sharpness and details, TFS


Ciao Peter, great portrait of lovely owl with fantastic eye, fine details, splendid sharpness, wonderful colors and beautiful blurry BG, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

very beautiful picture Peter for this wonderful bird, excellent details and nice tones, congratulations !

ciao, tino

Hello Peter,
what a marvelous picture of this beautiful owl, with fantastic sharpness and colour. very well composition.
best wishes,

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-08-15 15:48]

Hola Peter, hermosa especie que no conocía, me gusta mucho el color y patrón de su plumaje; excelente toma...saludos.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-31 4:04]

Hello Peter
very lively view of the owl. The fine feathers really look stunning. How exciting to see those details of the face too.
Nice shot.


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