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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Open Up ...Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-28 2:54
Viewed: 4106
Points: 52
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This was taken at a butterfly house and falconry centre in Sheffield yesterday. I was lucky enough to be present at the time one of the keepers got this African Barn Owl out for holding.
Here's a link to thier website: Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre
I hope you like it :)

African Barn Owl
Tyto alba affinis

Description: Medium sized owl, with relatively long legs, and heart shaped facial disk. Very variable in colouration depending on race, from pale birds with white under-parts and pale buff upper-parts; to some island races which have rufous buff under-parts and dark grey (gray) upper-parts. A variable grey (gray) veiling on the upper-parts seems to be characteristic of the species. Females tend to be generally darker and more heavily marked than males.

Size: 29-44cm, 187-400g

Range: Europe, Africa, Middle East, India & South East Asia, Australia, Americas from Canadian border to Tierra del Fuego as well as many oceanic islands.

Habitat: Prefers open lowlands, particularly areas including rough grassland, but also plantations, heath, marsh, coastal regions, savannah. Generally avoids forests apart from some island races. Up to 4000m.

Diet: Mainly small mammals, particularly rodents, but also small birds, reptiles, frogs and sometimes insects. Some populations may specialise on a particular prey species e.g. palm rats in Malaysian palm plantations.

Breeding: Normally monogamous. Has been recorded breeding in all months. Nest often in natural cavity in a tree trunk, stump or branch, as well as on cliffs and in caves. Frequently uses artificial sites, such as secluded ledges in buildings. Normally 3-7 eggs (can be up to 16) laid at 2-3 day intervals. Incubation begins with first or second egg, and lasts 29-34 days. 1-2 broods a year are normal, but 3 or more may occur when food is plentiful. The young leave the nest by about 10 weeks and become independent within another 8 weeks.

Call: Many vocalisations have been documented, including hisses, snores wheezes etc., however the song is a long drawn out tremulous “screech”, often given in flight. The female gives a similar call but deeper in pitch.

Status: Not globally threatened, but many island populations are threatened or vulnerable, normally from loss of habitat.

Thanks for looking :D

PaulH, thor68, LordPotty, Alex99, nglen, eqshannon, MMM, Jamesp, jessbalderas, pierrefonds, angybone, Silke, vertnat has marked this note useful
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-28 3:00]
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Hi Joe,
You seem to get around! Sheffield this weekend eh? Good stuff. Full frame is a great choice for this kind of shot, it has alot of impact. Good clear detail and those black pools that are his eyes are great. Very well done, good notes too.

i can almost here it..*g* awesome close portrait of the pretty owl! :-)
excellent capture with the opened beak and the dark eyes looking directly into the cam.
well done & best wishes, thor.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-28 5:08]

Hello Joe,
How close can you get? Perfect details in the feathers. Very clear colours. The eyes look likes endless holes. Good composition. Great pose.

Wow! What an amazing close up Joe.
You can see right inside its mouth.
Nicely controlled exposure and good details.
Great work.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-28 5:24]

Bravo, Joe.
Amazing character and superb portrait picture. Excellent pictured moment and perfect timing. The reproduction of the bird is simply outstanding. Nice plumage, rich colours, terrific details. My congratulations and TFS.

Hello Joey,
This is an impressive portrait, this is so close. You caught a special expression from the bird. Exposure and details are amazing. Well seen! Thanks,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-28 7:32]

Hi Joe. London last weekend Sheffield this so where next time ??. This is a fantastic close up. You would make a good dentis.
The detail and colour is spot on . good notes too. well done TFS.

Hello Joe,
What a great Owlie Portrait! Was he saying "cheese"? :o)
Great color and beautiful detials on this owl! TFS

Excellent work Joey. No complaints nor lack of anything on this image. It contains all requirements for good photo and even more it carry emotion and humor..and "cute" and and and..You have a great pic there guy. this one would sell!

Hi Joe,

incredible "portrait"! Excellent sharpness and good expression catched



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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-28 11:21]

Hi Joe
Excellent Portrait.Very sharp image whit lovely details.I like the eye contact and that catch light in the eye.Excellent and interesting note.
TFS Michel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-28 11:29]

Hi Joe,

Fantastic close-up of this owl's face. You even managed to get him with his beak wide opened. The details and textures are excellent. I love the eyebrows!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-28 15:01]

Hi Joe

Excellent and striking shot - the eyes are great :)


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-10-28 23:14]

Wow, Joey.... Could you get any closer?
Very impressive bird...
You captured his features very crisply and from a great frontal POV.
Amazing details inside that beak.
TFS. : )

Hi Joe,

A nice close-up image of the African Barn Owl, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Joe, WOW!
What a close-up!!! AMAZING!!!!
I could check the tonsils! ha ha

Une fameuse symétrie ! et prise au bon moment !
Bonne journée.

Superbe, quels détails, très impressionnant.

Hello Joe,
Like it? Oh , I just loved this shot of Barn Owl. Excellent close up shot with grest details and well controlled exposure. It looks like a baby grinning at you with its beak open.:0
thanks for this lovely shot,Joe.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-30 8:09]

Stunnning capture! What a brave little soul she is -- she is ready to take you on!

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-30 13:45]

selam friend; Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are lovely.
well done
TFS ridvan

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  • gail Gold Star Critiquer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-31 11:18]

Hi Joe,
This is an incredible close up! So clear! Is that his tonsils I see?
I would give you a smiley face but I ran out for the day. Will try to return later & add one.

Bonsoir Joe,

This is amazing, its head lools like a heart ! I Love the light and the reflects all around the head, like sunrays. A rare picture like I always enjoy to see.
Thanks for sharing, and greetings from France !


salut joe
j'etais passé a coté de ce joli masque,les plumes sont vraiment toutes bien detaillées,le plus est apporté par le bec ouvert.
l'exposition est parfaitement maitrisée ici.bravo.

bonjour joe
Une splendeur. Tout est bon, l'exposition, les couleurs, les détails des petites plumes et cerise sur le gâteau, le bec ouvert !!!

great "mask" and pose
very special sharpness and colors
fantastic portrait Joe

cheers sERGIO

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