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The Little Owl


The 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: 2008-12-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200 DSLR, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-08 10:40
Viewed: 3883
Points: 38
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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: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: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.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-08 10:44]

Hi Cahit. What a great picture of the Little Owl. It has its large eyes looking straight at you. You have taken it with good detail in the featehrs with natural colours. I like the dark BG. well done TFS.
Nick..

Have a nice weekend.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-08 10:48]

Hi Cahit.
Eyes of the owl are simply sweet. Wonderful use of fill flash and very impressive result. Well illuminated image of the bird against dark BG is looked nicely. Details and colouration of the bird are reproduced very well too. My kind regards and TFS.
Alexei.

hi Cahit
one of my beloved birds,this lovely funny face,
wonderful scene and photo
TFS
Nasos

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-08 11:09]

Merhaba Cahit Bey,
Bu kukumavların bakışlarına bayılıyorum:)Sizin fotografınızda da bu özellik çok iyi vurgulanmış.Koyu renk fon da detayları daha da belirginleştirmiş.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık..

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2009-05-08 11:10]

Hi Cahit,

The contrast in this photo is magnificent. And look at those eyes...
Very cute shot of a small owl.

regards,
Zeno.

Fantastic shot, contrast and sharpness really draw attention to the subject. Very skilfull!

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-08 12:04]

Hello Cahit,
Beautiful photo of this Little Owl. Very nice details in the feathers and natural colours. Excellent eye-contact. Good use of flash with the black BG. Great composition and POV.
Have a great weekend,
Peter

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-08 12:10]

Hello Cahit,
This is a wonderful capture of this superb bird. Details and exposure are very good. I like this great eye contrast. Well done and thanks.Best regards Siggi

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-05-08 12:19]

merhaba cahit
bu sevimli kukumav güzel poz vermiş
poz, renkler ve netlik nefis olmuş
eline sağlık
selamlar
izler

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-08 12:39]

Hello Cahit,
A fine portrait of Athene noctua taken from a great POV with excellent use of flash to show sharp and well illuminated capture with the eyes being the focus of attention.
Thanks and have a good weekend,
Ivan

Merhaba Cahit bey, bildim bileli bakışlarıyla kukumaw en çok çok sevdiğim kuş türlerinden biri. Çok da harika görüntülemişsiniz. Siyah arka zeminde konu ön planda. Emeğinize sağlık.
Bayram

Cahit hocam, harika olmuş. netlik, siyah fon, göz teması ve duruşu yakalamadaki zamanlamanız harika. gündüz kukumav çekimlerine alışmıştık ama geceleyin sanki daha bir güzel olmuş. elinize sağlık. iyi geceler, selamlar.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-08 13:39]

Hello Cahit
Excellent capture. I like details and perfect focus.
Regards
Razvan

Cahit Bey,nefis bir kare,gözleri çok etkileyici,ellerinize sağlık :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-08 15:44]

Hi Cahit,

A marvelous shot of this adorable Little Owl who seems to be smiling for you and the camera. A marvelous pose showing him off from head to toe. I love those big yellow eyes! Colors and details of the face and feathers are excellent. The black background sets him off very well.

Jane

  • Great 
  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2009-05-09 1:51]

Merhabalar Cahit Bey,
Enfes bir kare olmuş, gözleri çok etkileyici bakıyor:)
Elinize sağlık.
Selamlar
Elif

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6523 W: 89 N: 15623] (65353)
  • [2009-05-10 14:40]

Hi Cahit,the best time for a best result!This owl in the night whit the black background is the best way to show this bird!!Very excellent quality of sharpness and colors too!!My best compliments,have a nice week,LUCIANO

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-05-29 6:04]

Hi Cahit
Nice capture.Good POV and great expression,I like the eye's contact with you.
TFS Michel

Hello Cahit,
Excellent sharpness on this great picture. Well done.
Greetings.

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