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Eagle Owl

Eagle Owl
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 17-85 USM IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): A - Z Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-19 12:17
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This isn't a wild bird. I went to a craft fair today to buy a few Christmas presents and found a bird santuary raising some money. They take in ill, orphaned or hand-reared birds. They had a few owls with them to help raise money and they kindly let me take a few picture (at a distance and without a flash).

This Eagle Owl had impressive orange eyes. The following information is from the The Hawk Conservancy Trust website

The Eurasian Eagle Owl is quite a common bird throughout northern Europe and Scandinavia, and into Russia.

Its preferred habitat is coniferous forest, where it is most adept at navigating between the trees in very subdued light!

The Eurasian Eagle Owl is, by virtue of its size and strength, well up in the food chain. It is capable of taking medium sized mammals up the the size of a rabbit.

The egg-laying of the female is very much tied to food supply. In lean years she will lay only one egg (if any), whereas when food supply is good, she will lay a clutch of four or five.

The main call of the Eagle Owl is a single, drawn out, booming "Oo-hoooh". This they use to call to each other to and fro, sometimes for hours at a stretch, across relatively large tracts of countryside.

On occasions it also utters a coarse "Kraaaaah"

In forested areas of northern Europe, which are typically inhabited by a number of species of birds of prey, there is often animosity between species. Here the Goshawk and Eurasian Eagle Owl are probably the most murderous!

The Eagle Owl is even known to tackle, quite successfully, raptors as large and swift as the Peregrine Falcon!

The Eurasian Eagle Owl is arguably the largest species of owl in the world (although a large Blakiston's Fish Owl may be slightly larger). In captivity, with access to medical care, regular food and, of course, no threat from predators or humans they may enjoy a life expectancy well in excess of 40 years.

Based on observations in the wild, those birds who survive the first year may expect to live for a total of 12-15 years.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-11-19 12:21]

fantastic head Karan,
yes I love those eyes they are marvelous, good crop, good pov and very good details, very nice job.
gr. jaap

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-11-19 12:44]

Hi Karan,
Wonderful capture of the owl in full frame.
Very nice details, colours and sharpness
Well done

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-19 13:08]

Hello Karan , A Fantastic close up shot , good sharpnes details pov and beauty eyes , good job tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

Nice portrait. Very close. Very good exposure and sharpness. Excellent eyes.

quelle est belle cette tête,bien net beaucoups de détails , vraiment superbe. Thomas

Bel ritratto, buona luce e occhi fantastici.

Lovely close up of this great subject, the details are good and focus right on the eyes. What I like most is lighting and colour saturation, look very natural.
Hope you enjoy your new toy, regards Felipe.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-11-19 14:08]

Hello Karan, nice shot. Looks like you are enjoying your new camera. Good ocmposition and colours. Perhaps a little bit underexposed - myabe it could do with a little bit of sharpening. Well done.

Great portrait shot Karan, great sharpness, details and framing, well captured too. This is a great compositon. Thank you for posting.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-19 14:33]

Hi Karan.
Great portrait. Amazing pose of this charming bird and execution of your brilliant work. Perfect details, reproduction of the feathers and really true rich colours. Bravo and TFS.

  • nainnain Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 83 N: 1282] (6259)
  • [2006-11-19 14:57]

tres jolie macro de ce bel oiseau
bons détails, bonne note explicatives

Hi Karan
I really liked the capture and composition you got with this owl.
Very impressive eyes, good DOF and POV and sharpness too.
well done.

Hi Karan,

Exellent head shot
SUPERB sharp details and impressive eyes
lovely colours and a good POV

TFS Thijs

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  • james (74)
  • [2006-11-19 16:44]

Such an intense gaze, it leaves you feeling a bit intimidated by the closeness.
Focus and DOF are exceptional.
Highly impressive. I strive to have a photo as this to hang in my living room.
Well done. TFS. James

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-19 18:07]

Hola Karan, estupenda macro, bellos ojos y excelente color y detalles... muchos saludos Victor

This is an interesting and intense composition of this wonderful owl. I so prefer the owl not looking straight at the viewer. It is a well executed photo. I have the same lens so I will have to see what I can do up close one of these days.


Evelynn : )

Hi Karan,
When I saw the thumbnail, I tought you used your zoom lens again. But then I saw you used the kit lens and kept the promise of not using the the zoom until x-mas. As Paul mentioned, its a little soft in certain places, but the moment captured and te frame filling composition is awesome.

Hi Karan!
Excellent capture! I like this "angry" look it does have :)

Excellence! Wow.. I'm blown away by this picture! I love the absolute clarity of this picture which allows me to appreciate all the fine details of the extreme closeup portrait of this owl. It's eyes are mesmerizing! I really love the brown toned colors displayed here.. and the feathers make it look so soft and inviting.
A great one.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2006-11-20 4:22]

Hi Karen,

lovely shot, those eyes are almost hypnotic! i posted a shot of one of these beauties on here a while but didn't manage to get any close ups that were any good like yours. i really like the frame filling as mentioned by everyone else and think you've done well to get this sort of detail from a distance with a subject that will move if and when it wants to!



Hello Karan,
What a great shot! How could it be possible with the 17-85mm? You were really close I guess. This is very well done with excellent POV, details and composition. I'm amazed that you got such result with this lens; I mean, this is a great zoom but you had to be very close ;) Thanks,

bonjour karan
pour du gros plan c'est du gros plan,la netteté est tres bonne,et les yeux sont vraiment tres "chouettes".

This is a beautiful shot. The crop, details and sharpness are excellent. I like this shot.

Very well done.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-20 12:51]

Hi Karan,
Beautiful portrait. I like a lot its big eyes. Great colors, details and crop.
TFS, José M.

Hi Karan

Nice close up. Good clear sharp plumage details and The refection in the eye is magic! Top shot! TFS.

Hello Karan,
Good portrait!
I like the reflection in her left eye, excellent details and the plumage feels... sorry, looks so natural!
Tight framing works well!
Pablo -

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-21 13:06]

Gran primer plano Karan con el ángulo y encuadre perfectos, sin fondo ni ningún otro objeto que distraiga la atención.
Me gustan los detalles captados en el plumaje y la penetrante mirada capturada con total nitidez.
Interesante nota también.
;~) RAP

Great close up Karan with the angle and framing perfect, without bottom neither any other object that it distracts the attention.
I like details captured in the plumage and the penetrating look captured with total clarity.
Interesting notes too.
;~) RAP

Hi Karan,
This is a better one than your last post 'cause the sharpness is really there...also in the beak area.
Good compo.
Nice work!

Great capture Karen, because of those eyes your tight composition works very well here. Very well done.

that is a stunner and being 1/4 profile..or 3/4 whatever...has more of a head feel to it
far sharper than the other one with eyes to match
glad to see you do get close...for this bird intimacy is required to review its beauty

Salut Karan
Superbe composition,j'aime bien l'éclairage et les magnifique couleurs et la netteté de ce beau portrait de ce hibou.
Bravo et au revoir....JP

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-27 22:41]

Hello Karan

A wonderful portrait of this owl.I like the crop and focus on the eyes .Good DOF and POV.The details are sharp and clear.Very good detail in the plumage.Well saturated colours the eyes are outstanding.TFS


Hi Karan,

Nice shot of this owl. Great composition and perfect exposure. The yellow/orange of the eyes stand out nicely.
I like theis picture a lot!
Well done

wow..I love this! How lucky you were to be able to photograph them...I love this close crop, truly a beautiful bird and you did a great job wihth this photo..wow..TFS!
Donna :o)

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