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Barn Owl Hunting

Barn Owl Hunting
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Copyright: Nigel Deacon (Merlin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-18 5:37
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Barn Owl Tyto alba has one of the largest breeding ranges of any bird, but in the UK and in Europe suffered substantial declines throughout the 20th century, leading to the species being given the highest level of legal protection in UK law. However, in recent years the UK population has been doing well despite the conversion of many of the old farm buildings preferred as nest sites into housing. There is no doubt that this species has benefited from the purging of harmful pesticides from British agriculture, although birds still suffer secondary poisoning from permitted rodent poisons. The erection of tens of thousands of Barn Owl nest boxes has also helped by enabling the species to occupy areas where nesting sites are scarce, and this has contributed to the the rapid, and welcome, increase in the number of breeding pairs that has occurred since 1995.

Although mostly nocturnal, they often hunt by day in winter, when they have young to feed and, particularly, in areas where they are undisturbed.

This owl graced me with a fly-by after another long wait in bitterly cold conditions. The sun was settling to the horizon, and only a few minutes of useable light remained, but the warm shallow-angled lighting caught the bird nicely as it passed close by.

At a time of disruption and uncertainty in life, I find a few hours spent watching the daily drama of owls hunting brings some welcome moments of peace.

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Hello Nigel,
Excellent photograph of this beautiful Barn Owl, excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition, excellent background and lighting.

照的真是好看 又清楚又美麗
角度特別 翅膀清晰看見排序整齊

Hello Nigel,
An excellent in-flight capture with an outstanding sharpness and clarity.Beautiful play of light,BG and composition.
Best regards,

Hello Nigel,

Hope you are doing fine. I think you have come back after quite an hiatus. What a wonderful shot and what a wonderful note! Owls often remind me of Eric Hosking, he was an excellent nature photographer, a specialist of owls.
This is a wondrous shot my friend in the mellow light of the setting sun.The blurred background definitely hints at the winter landscape, the focus is sharp, the bird's posture enviable, its colours of softer tones pleasing.
Your note's literary merits can not missed by a student of English Literature like me especially the last paras and the last three lines.
Your presence is a blessing for you are a true naturalist and fine bird photographer whose notes have literary touch of the Romantics....thanks for sharing....take care....warm regards/Abid

hello Nigel
this is very good
i like the sharpness and the great details you can see
the colours and light are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Nigel, great capture of fantastic in-flight owl, wonderful colors, beautiful blurry BG and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-02-18 12:30]

Hi Nigel
what a beauty!
perfect compo with nice oof bg
very special

Hello Nigel
Fantastic shot!!! Great timing, excellent camera settings,impressive sharpness, wonderful colours and perfect light. Great moment! Congrats!
Thank You
Have a good day
Best regards
J. Diogo

Hi Nigel
Great in flight capture of this Barn Owl. Wonderful pose, POV and DOV. You caught him in wonderful light to provide terrific colour and detail. Nicely done
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-18 15:11]

Hi Nigel,i wish to made a pic like this me too one day..eheh...fantastic in-flight capture of this beautiful owl,a great time of exposure for the best details and beautiful wings position too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Fantastic in flight photo Nigel! The composition, the BG, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-02-19 6:10]

Beautiful image of this owl in flight, fine composition and lighting. tfs.

Hi Nigel,

The owl has been captured beautifully in its flight..lovely details with sharpness..The light illuminating the face of this owl adds a great dimension to the pic.

Warm Regards,

Hello Nigel,
Wonderful photo! the sun light just on the face of the owl is incredible. But I have to applaud also the perfect composition, the great timing and the great sharpness.
A masterpiece!
Tfs, Philippe

wonderfull flight shot in a very beautiful light.
best regards

Hi Nigel!
Thanks for helping me out with the ID of Paddyfield Pipit.
This is a remarkable shot of an Owl in flight.
You have frozen the bird in mid flight so very sharply and clearly.
Thanks and regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-07-28 17:52]

Hello Nigel
lovely inflight with splendid sharpness and details. The background is well muted and the lighting worked so well.
Congrats for such a wonderful presentation.
Also thanks to the advice of my shot too.
Really appreciate it.


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