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Morning Stretch

Morning Stretch
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Copyright: Mark Oxley (MojoUK) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 7 N: 328] (1479)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-05 7:29
Viewed: 4001
Points: 44
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Southern Boobook Owl, Ninox novaeseelandiae

Taken at the Cotswold Wildlife Park.

A slight crop, levels and contrast adjustment and I darkened the background with the dodge tool. Noise Ninja applied to just the background and USM after resizing.

The Southern Boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae), also called the mopoke, is a small brown owl found mainly in New Zealand and the more fertile and temperate parts of Australia. Further to the north it is less common but widespread, its range extending to most of northern, central and western Australia, Timor, southern New Guinea and nearby islands. It used to also inhabit Lord Howe Island but is now locally extinct there, and in Norfolk Island it is close to extinction. The name boobook comes from the Eora Australian Aboriginal tribe, who were the original inhabitants of the Sydney region.

The boobook which lives in Australia was originally thought to be the same species as the New Zealand morepork (ruru) but recent research has suggested this species is actually slightly larger than the New Zealand version.

The boobook on Norfolk Island which is also known as the morepork is one of three sub species of the Australian bird. In 1987 the sub species was down to only one female but with the help of two New Zealand morepork males the population is now well into the double figures.

The Southern Boobook has almost 20 alternative common names, mostly regional; of them mopoke is well-recognised; others include, for example, morepork, boobook, Tasmanian spotted owl, and Lord Howe boobook. In Maori it is called Ruru. Many of the common native names are onomatopoeic, the owl having a two-tone call giving rise to the names such as Boo-book, More-pork, Mo-poke and Ru-ru.

It occurs in most habitats with trees, ranging from deep tropical forests to isolated stands at the edges of arid zones, farmland, or alpine grasslands, but is most common in temperate woodland. Southern Boobooks are usually seen singly, in pairs, or in small family groups of an adult pair and up to three young. They are mainly nocturnal, but are sometimes active at dawn and dusk and, in New Zealand, even during the day. The main hunting times are evenings and mornings, with brief bursts of activity through the night. On dark nights they often perch through the middle hours and, particularly if the weather is bad, may hunt by daylight instead.

Although their main hunting technique is perch and pounce, they are agile birds with a swift, goshawk-like wing action and the ability to manoeuvere rapidly when pursuing prey or hawking for insects. Almost any suitably sized prey is taken, particularly birds or small mammals and, in New Zealand, the Weta.

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Hi Mark,
I love the pose of the bird! :) You did great by catching him at this moment. Details and lightning are great as well as this composition! He has beautiful green eyes. Well done and TFS,

Hi Mark,
An excellent shot on this owl! I really like the frame filling composition and tight cropping here. Looks like the fill flash eposure was spot on. The colors and detail in the plumage look great. Gotta love those eyes! Nice shot!

Hello Mark, excllent work on this Owl, excllent details, and colors, Bg, POv DOf perfecty composed and pose of this big bird, nice work, TFS Kyle

Wonderful photo, brilliant composition and POV! TFS - Xplorator Radu

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-09-05 8:41]

hi mark,

I like the pose of this owl with one leg stretched. Capture is sharp and the colors are vivid.
well done.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-09-05 9:42]

Hi Mark, well caught this littel Mopoke with these great green eyes in harmony with color of plumage!!I like the timing showing the streching of the leg!! great details too, well done, Didier.

Jolie pose inhabituelle.
Bonne journée.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-09-05 10:11]

Hola Mark,
Bonito y original disparo...perfecta nitidez y BG, acertado. saludos

very nice and dramatic with the dark background. Ori

Hi Mark,
Amazing shot of this Owl! For me, this photo are perfect in all levels! A very good description too! Great work Mark!!


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-09-05 13:40]

Hello Mark , Exelent shot ,great compositie colours his eyes beautifull everithing is good ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-05 14:32]

Hi Mark,

Great pose, I like the way his leg is sticking out, guess we all need to have a stretch now and again, the detail is lovely and crisp, the colours are really nice too, I love his green eyes.

TFS Hilary :)

hi mark
excellent portrait.

An excellent shot Mark, Very nice.
Perfect DOF, color, details, and light. The eyes in particular are razor sharp and grab ya ;)
Well composed, with a very good POV & pose as well..
Very well done.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-05 15:24]

Hi Mark

Although probably not an interesting as a picture of you sleeping on the beach...but stil quite nice :))))))
Leaving the joke aside, it's actually a splendid shot, taken from an excellent POV, wit hvery beautiful colors and details, great light and DOF, very nicely framed and composed.
Really well done!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Mark,

What a cute bird. Quite funny while stretching. I'm always fascinated by these huge eyes.
Lovely. Thanks for sharing.


Excellent capture Mark,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
superb colours, lighting and exposure. The POV is good.
Well composed.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-05 20:49]

A great capture of this owl stretching.
He is a very cute small owl, and I love the colors of his eyes.
Very sharp details and well saturated colors.
Great POV and eye contact.
TFS. : )

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-09-05 22:17]

Excellente photo,les détails et le regard de l'oiseau sont parfaits.



Hi Mark,
What a great pose. Excellent composition, with the eyes positioned on the right height. Those eyes, btw are amazing. But what amazes me most is the clarity of the photo. The colors and details are excellent.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-09-06 15:51]

Hi Mark, excellent capture. Outstanding sharp details and well exposed colours. Superb POV and well positioned in the frame, great work, TFS.

Very nice pict. perfect!!!!

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