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Little Owl

Little Owl
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Copyright: Mircea Radu Achim (achimmircea) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 0 N: 1603] (6246)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-30 4:17
Viewed: 3582
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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, 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.
The Little Owl is a small owl, 23-27.5 cm 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).
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.
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. 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.

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nice pair, funny your neighbour has the same subject, TFS Ori

Hello Mircea,
great capture of these little owls with good sharpness and natural colours. I also like your well chosen frontal POV and the splendid light.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-30 5:23]

Hello Mircea,
Excellent photo of these Little Owls in splendid light and great poses. Beautiful colours and good sharpness. Attractive POV with eye contact. Very nice choice of composition.

Hello Mircea
Great capture of this couple.Excellent composition,colours and light.Remarkable sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Best regards

today, it seems to be an Owl's day in TN! happy to realize that :)
jokes apart, such a lovely pair, Mircea. i always love to watch those eyes... the way they read us. how far you were? definitely they had seen you. were watching you, in fact :)
good photograph. tfs.
have a nice weekend.

Hello Mircea,
An excellent close-up captue of this pair of owls with fine coloration, details & pose. Well composed & presented with a great POV. Well done & TFS.
Regards & best wishes!


hello Mircea
super good sharpness picture
great details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Mircea.
Simpatica foto di Queste due civette,splendidamente fotografate,grande nitidezza splendidi colori ,ottima la gestione della luce bravo.
Ciao Marco.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-06-30 11:32]

Hello Mircea,
How cute these two Littel Owls on the ground in front of the blue sky. What a nice way to look at the photographer too. Lovely natural surroundings too. Interesting point of view and composition. Like a lot this kind of shots.
Have anice Sunday

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2012-06-30 11:46]

Hello Mircea,
The owls are so mysterious birds because mostly are night birds and have unusual shapes. You managed take photo very well perfect light and sharpness.
Regards, Pawel

HI Mircea,
really beautiful shot. Amazing colours. Great sharpness. Nice composition and presentation.
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 15:52]

Hi Radu,magnificent capture of this pair of owls,the light is really fantastic,the best to warm the colors in a fantastic background too,great details too!!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Buna Mircea,
Superba captura. Nu am avut inca norocul sa intalnesc specia. Foarte rare in zona mea.
Detalii si culori excelente. O fotografie de exceptie.
Numai bine!

Hello Mircea,
What a beautiful composition! Placing is perfect, sharpness and detail combined with the OOF BG (green and blue) blends in fantastic. I just love those piercing yellow eyes. A very good presentation of your skills my friend. Well done.
Best regards,

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