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Little Owl

Little Owl
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-11 11:47
Viewed: 3111
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Athene noctua
Family: Strigidae

The Little Owl is a bird which is resident in much of the temperate and warmer parts of Europe, Asia east to Korea, and north Africa.
This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl.
The Little Owl is a small owl, 23-27.5 cm in length. It takes prey such as insects, earthworms, amphibians, but also small birds and mammals. It is partly diurnal and often perches prominently during the day.
This is a sedentary species which is found in open country such as mixed farmland and parkland. It usually nests in holes in trees or rocks, laying 3-5 eggs which are incubated by the female for 28-29 days, with a further 26 days to fledging. Little Owls will also nest in buildings, both abandoned and those fitted with custom owl nest boxes. If living in an area with a large amount of human activity, Little Owls may grow used to man and will remain on their perch, often in full view, while humans are around. (Wikipedia)

Photo taken on Ikaria island, in the village of Rahes or Christos Rahes, head of the municipality of Rahes. When the sun goes down, the numerous little owls wake up and begin to make many noises on the roofs of the village, including on abandoned houses (where they must be nesting). Curiously, the inhabitant of the village seems to be sleeping at day and wake up with the owls! This village is well know for its night life: taverns, shop… everything is open late at night.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-11 11:53]

Hi Catherine.A wonderful warm coloured picture of this little Owl. Very good detail in the feathers and huge eye. Your use of the warm sun light has given good colours. well taken . TFS.

have a nice weekend.

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-11 12:17]

Very unusual light conditions, but you used that at your favor and got an amazing picture.
Very well done MF.
Have a nice weekend and see you on TN.

Hello Catherine,
Wonderful capture with fine details and good sharpness.
Amazind composition with wonderful colours.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-11 13:24]

Hi Catherine,
Very beautiful capture of this little Owl.I liked use of backlight,pose of bird and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting..

Hello Catherine
It's an amazing picture, good details and compositions.Congratulations!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-11 14:16]

Salut Catherine,tu as eu la chance de voir ce magnifique oiseau et tu n'as perdu l'occasion,excellente photo,une prise de vue un peu etrange et une lumiere fantsstique!Bon fin de semaine,Lucianp

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-11 15:01]

Bonsoir Catherine,
Un tableau intéressant avec quelques belles couleurs. Une excellente composition.
Une macro très gentil.
Beaucoup Greetings from Germany,

Ciao Catherine, splendid light on lovely little owl in nice pose, wonderful colors, great sharpness and wonderful details, lovely composition, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Catherine. Great POV and indeed amazing warm light. Fantastic detailed, coloured and likeable bird against the white BG.


Hi MF Catherine,

An astonishingly awesome capture of this l'il owl while turning her head in a lovely manner at sunset time.
The POV/DOF, clarity, details and composition are all impeccable!
TFS and have a nice WE MF!


Hello Catherine,

Lovely and great image of this little owl in a fine posture.
TFS and regards,

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