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Spotted Eagle Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl
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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EFS 18-55mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 6) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-31 7:35
Viewed: 5942
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 41
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus)

The Spotted Eagle Owl is one of the smallest of the Eagle Owls. On average they weigh around one quarter of the weight of the largest of the Eagle Owl family, the Eurasian Eagle Owl.

The Spotted Eagle Owl is found throughout most Africa south of the Sahara, with the exception of very dense forests. Up until 1999, it was considered that there were two subspecies of Spotted Eagle Owl found in Africa, but one of the subspecies, (Bubo africanus cinerascens), is now treated as a separate species, the Vermiculated Eagle Owl (Bubo cinerascens).

The Spotted Eagle Owls hunt predominantly at dusk, spending most of the day concealed in trees, on rock ledges or even in burrows of other animals. They will take a large variety of prey, from small mammals, birds in flight, reptiles, scorpions, crabs, frogs, bats & insects. They are often seen hunting around streetlights in towns, which is where insects, & consequently bats hunting insects, tend to congregate at dusk.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS Windows
Exposure Time: 1/400 sec
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 25/1 mm

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Hi Stephen,

Excellent shot and well done on the details.
The composition would have been stronger if there was more space in front of the owl, IMO.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-31 8:18]

Hello Stephen!
This one is also wonderful.POV,framing,details,sharpness,colors and framing are excellent.TFS...:-)

The details, light and colors are excellent Stephen. I like this POV and the OOF BG works very well here. Very good note also. Well done and Happy Halloween my friend.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-31 9:50]

What a wonderful and proud Owl! Perhaps for composition more space on left... Congratulations Stephen and thanks for sharing.
Happy Halloween ;-)

A very impressive bird indeed. The quality of the shot is impeccable (sharpness/background/blue sky) and the frame fits in very well too. Thanks for sharing!!

Hi Stephen,
this is such a beautiful owl, sitting there so majestic. I also like the 3D-Effect in your shot and the perfect sharpness.
Frame is wonderful, very well done, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-31 12:38]

Wauw, Stephen,
fantastic shot, great composition, he is so proud, the details are super, realy a super job, I like it a lot.
gr. Jaap

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-31 13:36]

Hello Stephen,

Excellent details and very good colors. I have a nit about the composition though ... I think you should have left more space on the lefthandside. Other than that: great shot! 7/10 Well done & TFS!


Hello Stephen,
pose is excellent, great work. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

Excellent shot Stephen,
Good colour, detail and sharpness.
Well composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting.

What a manificant shot of this beautiful owl, perfect exposure perfect detail. Paul :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-31 21:16]

He is standing so proud, this one. Great capture of a beautiful owl, Stephen. Look at those talons.... Wow. I kind of wish there were a bit more room in front of him. The details are very sharp. Great job and TFS. : )

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-11-01 4:03]

Stephen bonjour, great post , razor sharp details and excellent colors. TFS Didier.

Hi Stephen,
A superb shot on this owl. A very regal pose. The colors and detail are outstanding. Great notes with this GREAT shot!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-01 11:29]

Stephen, this one is a winner in Most Proud Bird Competition ;-) What a superb pose, face and eyes! Excellent post!

  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-11-01 13:50]

excellent profesional shot
good pose
great quality!!!
TFS Libor
beautitul thanks!!!

Hi Stephen

This does look like a wise old owl. He is standing tall and proud showing his lovely plumage. Nicely composed with good OOF BG. Thanks.

Superb shot Stephen!
This chap looks so lordly and is so beautiful that I just can't not to have him in my favs :)
The photo has good quality, but the sharp edges between the bird and blurred area around him are a bit distracting.
Anyway, as I aready said, I like it very much.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-02 15:45]

Stephen, this is very beautiful.

Excellent colors, pov and composition. I like the blue sky as a part of the background.

A very beautiful bird with great sharpness.

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2005-11-03 17:28]

It's a lovely shot!

Can't type much... can look and click though... sorry for the short comment.


Wow, but this is so special! The sharpness and clarity are amazing. I also like your choice of frame.



I am glad that my vote puts this one into the 40īs!
Excellent general quality, super composition.
The depth of the shot with the bird in foreround is surprising. Thanks very much Stephen.

It's defintaly the best Spotted Eagle Owl shot I've seen.The colors & the detail are so crisp & sharp.I do like the framing also,coz it makes it like a poster.Well done in capturing such a stunning & proud looking bird.

Well exposed but IMO overcropped. The bird should have somewhere to go not where it has been. In other words there should be more space in front of the bird than behind. Georgeous bird, just needs photographing in a more natural location.

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