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(Athene noctua)

(Athene noctua)
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Copyright: Jose Diogo (josediogo1958) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 494 W: 27 N: 1837] (11747)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: canon 1 dx mark 2, Canon 500mm f4 L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/8000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals feeding, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-05-20 1:02
Viewed: 2245
Points: 42
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Mocho-galego,Little owl (Athene noctua)

"The Little Owl (Athene noctua) is a bird which is resident in much of the temperate and warmer parts of Europe, Asia east to Korea, and north Africa. It is not native to Great Britain, but was first introduced in 1842,[2] by Thomas Powys and is now naturalised there. It was also successfully introduced to the South Island of New Zealand in the early 20th century.
This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping is the barn owls, Tytonidae.

The Little Owl is a small owl, 23-27.5 cm (9 to 11 inches) in length. The adult Little Owl of the most widespread form, the nominate A. n. noctua, is white-speckled brown above, and brown-streaked white below. It has a large head, long legs, and yellow eyes, and its white “eyebrows” give it a stern expression. This species has a bounding flight like a woodpecker. Juveniles are duller, and lack the adult's white crown spots. The call is a querulous kee-ik.
There is a pale grey-brown Middle Eastern type known as Syrian Little Owl A. n. lilith. Other forms include another pale race, the north African A. n. desertae, and three intermediate subspecies, A. n. indigena of southeast Europe and Asia Minor, A. n. glaux in north Africa and southwest Asia, and A. n. bactriana of central Asia. A recent paper in the ornithological journal Dutch Birding (vol. 31: 35-37, 2009) has advocated splitting the southeastern races as a separate species Lilith's Owl Athene glaux (with subspecies A. g. glaux, A. g. indigena, and A. g. lilith).

There are 13 recognized races of Little owl spread across Europe and Asia. The Little Owl was sacred to the goddess Athena, from whom it gets the generic name. This is one of the most distributed owls and, due to its adaptability to human settlements and small size, probably ranks among the world's most numerous owl species.

This is a sedentary species which is found in open country such as mixed farmland and parkland. It takes prey such as insects, earthworms, amphibians, but also small birds and mammals. It can attack birds of considerable size like game birds. It is partly diurnal and often perches boldly and prominently during the day.[3]

Little Owl egg (middle) compared with eggs of a Goldcrest (right) and chicken (left)
It becomes more vocal in nights as the breeding season approaches. Nest location varies based on the habitat, nests being found in holes in trees, rocks, cliffs, river banks, walls, buildings etc.[3] It lays 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."(Wiki)

Model: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 1/8192
F-Stop: f/6.3
ISO Speed Ratings: 1000
Focal Length: 500/1 mm
Date Taken: 2013-05-18 08:49
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode

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老鷹很特別 尤其是這動作的鏡頭
真是不簡單 很難得看見 還有抓老鼠抓老鼠的姿勢逗趣

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-05-20 1:54]

Hello Jose,
very capture owl,great details,species,regard..

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-05-20 2:58]

Hello Jose,
Great timing ! Sharpness , details are also excellent! TFS Tina

Hello Mr.Jose Diogo,
Excellent timing with a dramatic sequence.This is a dream picture to the photographer.Well done.
Thanks for sharing your great ability to capture such picture,
Kind regards and respect,

Great capture and timing. Nicely done


hallo Jose
super good moment
great details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Lovely Image , with the owl ready to pounce on a rat/mouse. The action is well frozen , the eyes are special :-)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-05-20 6:52]

Hello Jose,
Fascinating photo taken at a perfect moment. I agree with Srikumar: this is a dream picture to the photographer. Incredibele sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours in a fantastic composition.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-20 7:24]

Excellent timing to get this owl just on the rat..lovely composition too. tfs.

Delightful action shot of this little Owl pouncing on its prey, Jose. With camera mounted on tripod and with shutter speed of 1/8000, the action is frozen into a picture of utmost clarity.
Thanks and regards.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-05-20 9:47]

Hi Jose,
Fantastic moment captured of this owl.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Jose,
No doubt a splendid image. Perfect photo taken from a good POV. The details and colors of this very nice bird are fantastic. I love the superb contrast against the background and the interesting and unusual colors. Sorry I have no more green smiles left for today....
Thanks for sharing this beauty!

Ciao Jose, great capture of beautiful owl in fantastic landing action, wonderful natural colors, fine details, excellent sharpness and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-20 15:52]

Hi Jose,great timing to take this beautiful owl landing,very original point of view and the best details and colors,many times seems very easy to take birds looking your gallery...ehehe..you're a great photographer!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Jose,
Excellent photograph of The Little Owl, excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition, outstanding background and excellent lighting.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Jose

Great landing shot of this Little owl,
it remind me a couple of photos I have done
last winter with the Great Gray Owl. Fine POV,
superbly focused, excellent sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 235 W: 1 N: 534] (5797)
  • [2013-05-20 23:44]

Buena foto Jose! Justo en el momento de aterrizar sobre el ratón. Bien tomada la foto en acción. Felicidades y un saludo.

Ciao Jose. Great time for the pleasant one in action! You're a great indeed as Luciano says.


Bonjour José,
Très belle scène de la vie sauvage restituée avec beaucoup de réalisme.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Jose
Simply a superb picture.
fantastic timing.
super sharpness and accurate colour.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2013-05-25 17:28]

Hola José, que belleza de foto en un momento bien congelado, luz, color, enfoque, fondo perfectos que nos muestran la efectividad de estas bellas rapaces...saludos.

Dear Jose
Thanks for contributing this exciting moment in the live of an owl..

I guess you shot many photos, until you caught the exactly right moment. :-)

Where were you when all this happened ? (On a sky hook? :-))

Thanks for sharing.

Warm greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa

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