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Eurasian Eagle-owl

Eurasian Eagle-owl
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Copyright: Robi rdfoto (rdfoto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: canon, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8, SanDisk CFExtreme4gb
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-26 7:04
Viewed: 6262
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) is a species of horned owl resident in much of Europe and Asia.
The Eagle Owl is a very large and powerful bird, similar in size, but typically slightly smaller than the Golden Eagle. It is the largest species of owl with a wingspan of up to 200 cm. Adult females can weigh in excess of 4 kg (9 lb), in comparison the common Barn Owl weighs about 500 grams (1.1 lb). It mainly feeds on small mammals, but can kill prey up to the size of foxes and young deer (up to 10 kg/22 lb), if taken by surprise. Larger prey (over 3 kg/7 lb) is consumed on the ground which leaves the bird vulnerable (e.g. to other foxes). It will also take on many other birds including other birds of prey.
The call of the Eagle Owl is a deep resonant “ooh-hu” with emphasis on the first syllable for the male, and a more high-pitched uh-Hu for the female (in German, the name of this bird is "Uhu"). A recent study has shown that these calls are easily individualized. It means that each member of an Eagle Owl population can be individually identified by means of its vocalizations .
The size, ear tufts and orange eyes make this a very distinctive species. It has a strong direct flight. The difference between the male and female is very recognisable as the male's ear tufts are more upright than the female's, while hers are usually drooping down.
The horned owls are a part of the larger grouping of owls known as the typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping is the barn owls, Tytonidae

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Ciao Robi,
veramente splendida questa tua foto!
Quello che mi colpisce maggiormente in questa immagine, tecnicamente perfetta, sono gli occhi del gufo, davvero "magnetici" e "vivi".

Hello Robi,
Good owl image. Simple and effective compo.

Hello Robi, very nice photo, good sharpness and nice shallow depth of field, very nice colors and good details,I love those orange eyes!

Hi Robi
Great capture
Fine detail
Nice natural color
tfs jon

majestic! TFS Ori

Hello Sir!

A very well taken picture.nice compos and brilliant sharpness.Till now,I had never seen a Eurasian Eagle-owl in TN like this.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-26 9:08]

Hi Robi,

Wonderful shot of this Owl. I love the pose - he seems to be looking right at you. Excellent details of the face, plummage, and even the claws. The eyes are wonderful. Nice natural colors and a lovely setting.


Hello Robi,
Beautiful composition well presented!
total sharpness, vivid colour and details all round
thanks for the wonderful notes

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-26 10:23]

Hi Robi. What a fine looking bird. good detail and natural colours. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.


Great image,
Lovely colors and I like the BG
Good display of this owl,


Salut Robi,
C'est une très, très belle capture de cet oiseau impressionnant. J'aime beaucoup la façon dont il te regarde avec ces grands yeux orange :)!

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-01-26 13:41]

Hi Robi
This is very good image
Very naturel color and sharp details
well done

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-26 15:09]

Hi Robi,
fantastic picture! Great details and clarity, beautiflly captured eyes, great color!
best regards, Dejan

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-01-26 18:16]

Hello Robi,

awesome and magnificient Eagle Owl. Somuch in details and exposure is too good. Nice BG and attractive eyes.



Hi Robi, grand shot of this owl. Incredilbe colorations captured so well in your image. Fine detail and pleasing BG.
Well done, Richard

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-27 3:16]

Hello Robi,
Outstanding photo of this Eagle Owl. The contrasting colours of the Owl against the green of the BG are excellent. Brilliant sharpness and details. Very good ppose, composition, POV and DOF. Very, very beautiful!

Hi Robi

Superb capture of this impressive eagle owl
Exellent sharpness and great composition


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-27 7:14]

Hi Robi,

A fine composed picture,well exposed,great natural colors,thanks


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-27 14:07]

Hi Robi,

Beautiful image of the eagle owl. Just love those bright orange eyes.I like the composition and great background, not distracting at all. Well done!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-27 23:43]

Hi Robi,
Nice pose of this Bubo bubo captured with a good POV, composition and details. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-28 11:37]

Hi Robi

What a beautiful owl. I love that direct stare with the stunning eyes. Wonderful DOF and nicely sharp. Great work



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-28 20:46]

Hello Robi

What a beautiful Bubo bubo.
The focus is spot on with sharp detail.
Wonderful plumage detail and colouration.
You have managed amazing eye contact and detail.
The vertical composition is well chosen.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-29 7:40]

How great!!
How beautiful this horned owl! I love the gentle tones of its plumage and the funny feathers upon its brows. It's a magnificent shot with excellent sharpness and marvellous details.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
My best regars


Hi Robi,
A good composition with even exposure and nice color/details..
I like the level POV with direct eye contact too :)
Great post!

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2008-01-29 11:38]

HI Robi!
I love the suptile light and excellent focus on this photo, great work and perfect shot.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-01-29 22:53]

Voilà un hibou qui prend une excellente pose. Photo bien nette.
Bonne journée.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-30 1:33]

Bonjour Robi,
Though I don't usually make a critique on captive fauna this portrait of an Eagle Owl is so good that I make an exception. The contrast with the BG is excellent and the composition and POV great.
A very fine portait.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-30 5:20]

Bonjour Robi, il est très joli ce Grand-Duc, excellents détails, jolie composition et exposition réussie, bravo et merci !


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-01 20:49]

Hello Robi,
Exceptional image quality in a great composition. What a beautiful owl you bring to ua, thank you.

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2008-02-03 14:34]

Impresionante tanta belleza y tan bien captada.
Gran enfoque, colores y sobre todo mucho realismo.
Enhorabuena por esta gran captura Robi.

Bonjour Roby,
j'ai complètement raté cette photo moi !!!!
Elle est magnifique et le sujet est exceptionnel, je n'en n'ai jamais vu dans la nature
toutes mes félicitations,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-02-23 14:23]

Bonjour Robi !
Wow, cette photo est superbe ! Tout est parfait - les détails, les couleurs, la composition, le POV, l'arrière-plan, la pose du hibou qui a l'air très fier et très imposant... Il faut avouer que cette image donne vraiment envie de visiter ce zoo, je vais peut-être le visiter cet été, ce serait vraiment génial... En attendant, je me contente de vos photos ! :-) Félicitations !

hi robi!
congrat to a very beautiful pic!
well done!

Amazing detail in the plumage against a beautiful background. Nice contrasting harmony.


Hi Robi

Great shot of this big bird with interesting notes.



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