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Little Owl


Little Owl
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Copyright: cahit agcal (cako) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200 DSLR, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-01 13:56
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Points: 74
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Athene noctua (Tr:kukumav)
The Little Owl (Athene noctua) is a bird which is resident in much of the temperate and warmer parts of Europe, Asia east to Korea, and north Africa. It is not native to Great Britain, but was introduced in the 19th century, and is now naturalised there.

This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping is the barn owls, Tytonidae.

The Little Owl is a small owl, 23-27.5 cm in length. It takes prey such as insects, earthworms, amphibians, but also small birds and mammals. It is partly diurnal and often perches prominently during the day.

This is a sedentary species which is found in open country such as mixed farmland and parkland. It usually nests in holes in trees or rocks, laying 3-5 eggs which are incubated by the female for 28-29 days, with a further 26 days to fledging. Little Owls will also nest in buildings, both abandoned and those fitted with custom owl nest boxes. If living in an area with a large amount of human activity, Little Owls may grow used to man and will remain on their perch, often in full view, while humans are around.

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Özellikleri [değiştir]Tüyleri üst kesimde koyu kahve üzerine küçük beyaz lekelerle kaplıdır, alt kısmında ise bu beyazlıklar geniş çizgiler halini alırlar. Sarı renk gözlerinin üstünde ona sert bir bakış kazandıran beyaz kaşlar bulunur. Alın kısmı ise düz ve alçaktır.


Yaşam alanı [değiştir]Kukumav yerleşik bir türdür. Kırsal bölgelerde tarlaların ve bahçelerin yakınlarında yaşar. Özellikle bu yeşillik yerleri sever, ancak çok yoğun ormanlık alanlarda yaşamayı da sevmez.


Beslenme ve üreme [değiştir]En önemli besini tarla faresidir ve ayrıca çeşitli küçük memeli ve sürüngenlerle de beslenir. Kukumav kuşları genellikle ağaçların gövdelerindeki kovuklarda ya da kayaların arasındaki oyuklarda kendilerine yuva kurarlar. Dişi kukumav üç ile beş arasında yumurta yapar ve 28-30 gün boyunca kuluçka donemi sürer. Kuluçkadan sonra yavru kukumavların tüylenip kendilerine bakabilecek hale gelmeleri 30 günü bulur.


Dağılımı [değiştir]Çin’den başlayıp Türkiye'nin de içinde bulunduğu Akdeniz Havzası ve Batı Avrupa'ya kadar uzanan geniş Avrasya coğrafyasında ılıman bölgelerde yayılmışlardır. Ayrica cesitli bölgelerde değişim gosteren alt türleri de vardır. Suriye'de Athene Noctua Lilith solgun gri-kahve renklidir, yine solgun renkli Athene Noctua Desertae Kuzey Afrika'da yaşar, Türkiye'nin de içinde bulundugu Güney Avrupa bölgesinde Athene Noctua Indigena ve Orta Asya'da ise Athene Noctua Bactriana alt türleri bulunur.

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Hallo Cahit,
You're sharing here an excellent picture! It's nicely composed and perfectly captured. Perfect exposition, as well as great dof and sharpness on the eyes, nice bokeh...
Nothing bad can realy be said, so congrats to you ;-)

Hi Cahit,
Very nice capture of this owl. Good composition and colors. Nice details and sharpness.
TFS
Wei

Hi Cahit,

Very good capture of Little Owl. Good composition, sharpness of details and nicely blurred BG.

Thanks for sharing

Pekka

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-01 14:30]

Hi Cahit,

An excellent picture of this lovely Little Owl. Wonderful pose with great eye contact. Colors and details of the face and plummage are superb. A lovely background and composition. I love those eyes!

Jane

Splendida civetta, eccellenti POV e composizione, bellissimo ed intenso il contatto diretto degli occhi, ottimi i dettagli del piumaggio, magnifici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Well done, Cahit
Well composed image. Great perch and good point of view.
TFS
Annick

Hello Cahit,

Great owl image with superb composition.
Sharpness, DOF and exposure are perfect.
Most wonderful details in the feathers, light, soft BG color tones and colors.
Excellent note and framing.
A real joy to look at. TFS!!!

Best wishes, Harry

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-04-01 15:35]

Hi Cahit,
Beautiful shot!
Good details and composition!
TFS
Ena

Hi Cahit,
Wonderful image of this little Owl, superb detail in the plumage, excellent eye contact, well framed and composed, the lighting on the left is really beautiful, lovely work, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Merhaba cahit,
Selam!!
I always like to come in to view your postings, always pleasing and excellent!
this is such a lovely pose of beautiful little Owl and I loved the lighting so much here with the sharpness, good colour and details in this shot
many thanks, my friend!
greeting
Tony

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-01 17:29]

Hello Cahit, Very nice shot with superb eye catch. But I would like to have the bird in more frame and give bottom space more. Persona opinion neverthless excellent shot with superb view. Ganesh

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-04-01 17:41]

Hi Cahit
Wonderful capture
Details are crisp and clear
Lovely light and color
Nice composition and pose
Great eye contact
tfs jon

Cahit merhaba , kompozisyonu ve arka plan kalitesiyle güzel bir Kukumav fotoğrafı olmuş , eline sağlık .

Cahit bey nefis bir fotoğraf. Tebrikler.
Selamlar
Mustafa

Selam Cahit Bey, Nefis bir kare yakalamışsınız. elinize sağlık. Sağlıcakla...
Bayram

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2008-04-02 1:10]

Ön tarafın netliği,arka tarafın netsizlik netliği güzel bir ahenk oluşturmuş.Tebrik ederim.

merhaba Cahit bey,
ışığı ile açısı, netliği ve renkleri ile süperb bir çekim. kukumav da harika poz vermiş. iri ve sarı gözlerine bayılıyorum, cam gibiler. elinize sağlık, selamlar.

Tipik duruşu, karakteristik bakışıyla nefis bir Kukumav tablosu olmuş, geriplan da kompozisyona harika bir katkı sunmuş Cahit, ellerine sağlık dostum.
Mehmet

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-02 9:53]

Hi Cahit. This is a fine close up of the Owl.You have captured such good detail and natural looking colours,with a nice POV /DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.
Nick..

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-02 10:28]

Hi Cahit.
Exiting picture of high end quality. Pictured scene cannot be better. Superb model. Fantastic BG, great DOF, sharpness and details. Colour are fine as well as the composition and framing. Bravo.
Alexei.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-02 11:00]

Hi Cahit

Wonderful shot of the Little Owl, very nice pose with superb eye contact, nice sharp details and great light and colours.

Hil

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-02 11:08]

merhaba cahit bey
guzel poz vermesi ile benim de favori modelim kukumav
goz temasi, arka fon, renkleri ve detaylari ile basarili bir sunum
elinize saglik
selamlar
izler

Merhaba Cahit cok guzel olmus pozu cok beyendim detaylar net ve kompozisyon iyi selamlar Necip.

Hi Cahit
Beautiful shot. Perfect compo light background and light. There are very little problems with sharpness
I like your photo very much
TFS
Krzysztof

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-03 10:12]

Hello Cahit

The colours are super in this, the wonderful OOF BG is an amazing back drop and really makes this owl's eyes stand out.
Excellent POV and DOF.
The eye contact is superb.
Well focused with sharp details.
The plumage detail is wonderful.
TFS

Rob

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-03 11:11]

That is such a beautiful little owl, Cahit, wonderful creature captured with stunning light and a beautiful background. The composition is superb, I love the bird posed on the rock. His eyes are fantastic, to stare such an animal is an intense experience. Thank you!

Francine

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-03 13:59]

Hello Cahit
Beautiful presentation.Excellent POV and sharp image.I like your subject pose.
TFS Michel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-04 8:48]

Hello Cahit,
Excellent photo of this Little Owl. Very sharp and lovely natural colours, also in the BG. Great composition and POV.
Regards,
Peter

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-04 9:03]

Merhaba Cahit Bey,
Guzel bir kukumav fotografi. elinize saglik
Selamlar

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-04-07 14:28]

Merhaba Cahit,
A wonderful capture with the best light, great approach, perfect pose, pov and composition.
TFS, José M.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-04-11 11:02]

Hello Cahit,
beautiful bird!
great capture with great light and details!
best regards,
Dejan

Hi Cahit

what a great shot of the little owl in daylight... mine only over come around once it is too dark to photograph them any more... It also only every perches on my greenhouse roof which is not very photogenic!

TFS
Emma

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-04-14 8:35]

Merhaba Cahit,
Keskinlik renkler ve tüm detaylariyla oldukca basarılı bir Kukumav fotografı .Elinize saglik. Hoscakal. efsus

Hello Cahit,
I realise today that I did not visited your gallery since some weeks. A great mistake. There is so beautiful shots, including this one. The composition, the colours, the sharpness are very beautiful. A perfect shot.
I hope to be able one day to take such photos of birds...
Best regards,
Catherine

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-04-27 10:20]

Hi Cahit

This really is a wonderful shot. I would love to see one of these in the wild. This photo is perfect. I love the off centre composition, the spot on DOF, POV and sharpness. It is just wonderful

TFS

Karan

Hallo Cahit
Splendid image. This is a cool owl shot. Very well composed. Great details and warm colours. The classic hypnotic eyes with this close-up making them even more dramatic. This is a beautiful portrait of this owl. Sharpness is perfect and it's a pleasure to see the details in the wings. I enjoyed this one a lot. Great work! Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards
Anna

Çok güzel bir kuş ve insanlardan fazla ürkmüyorlar.

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