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Athene noctua - Kukumav / Little Owl

Athene noctua - Kukumav / Little Owl
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -II- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-16 12:50
Viewed: 5769
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Nowadays, I am lazy on TN, again:( Today, I upload a little owl's shot, which I met it two days ago, when I driving on steppic area between Niğde and its town Sazlıca.
I hope you will like it.

You can also see Athene noctua (Scopoli, 1769) – Kukumav [TR], Little Owl [EN], which is the smallest one of ten owl (STRIGIFORMES: STRIGIDAE) species in Turkiye, on my previous post with some information. Contrast other nine species, it is active in day-time too.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-16 12:52]

Hi Ahmet. The pose is fantastic with good timing to get the shot with one eye shut. What huge feet it has. great detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-06-16 12:53]

Hello Ahmet,

Very beautiful and funny picture of this owl with one semi-closed eye. Excellent sharpness and reproduction of the feather texture. Great light and colours.

Splendido momento di cattura, eccellenti POV e composizione con la civetta che vigila con un solo occhio, straordinarie nitidezza e definizione del piumaggio e delle zampe, molto belli i colori e BG azzurro. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Ahahahahah:) Ahmedim bu ne? ne kadar sevimli bir baykuş. Göz kırpmış adeta... müthiş bir an ve harika yakalamışsın. Eline sağlık kardeşim... Sağlıcakla.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-16 14:13]

Hi Ahmet

Great pose - well seen. Lovely detail . Great work.


Merhaba Ahmet..Baykus cok guzel ve ilginc cikmis..Uyukluyor yada goz kirpiyor...Renk durus harika ayrica kukumav dedin aklima geldi.. Biz Kibrislilarda bir deyim var..Ozellikle cok dusunceli uzgun oturan kisiye soylerler..NE OTURUN OYLE KUKUMAV KUSU GIBIN..bilmem sizde duydunuzmu...Neyse fotograf iyi ve dogal cikmis...Saygilar, Leyla

Hello Ahmet
I like your Owls expression :)

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,

"Kukuman kuşu gibi düşünüyor" deyiminin aktörü bu demek. Her ne kadar halk arasında "kukuman" dense de... Çok güzel bir çalışma. Çekim anın çok güzel. Gözdeki hareketi yakalamış olman çok güzel. Adeta göz kırpmış sana :)

Eline sağlık heşehrim. Tebrik ederim.

Great exposure Ahmet! Details on feathers show up well. I love the colors and the blue background is beautiful. Interesting that one eye is closed. It adds an amusing twist to photo. My preference would be to not crop as closely on top and on right side. I tried a workshop.

Merhaba Ahmet,
Many thanks for sharing this cute little Owl with one eye half closed!
very good with a front pose of it in good sharpness, natural colour and details
take good and my warmest regards always
friend Tony

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-16 18:57]

Hola Ahmet.
Lovely photo Ahmet. Just beautiful moment Here.
with only one eye open. I like it.
Great sharpness and well focus in all the frame.

Hello Ahmet,
Great shot of this winking owl, excellent sharpness and depth of field, beautiful vivid colors, wonderful yellow eye, very good contrast against the clear blue sky, good details in the plummage and lovely light.

Hello my brother ahmet!
I am so sorry i've missed out on your work lately!
My bosses to blame!
This is a lovely winking owl!
Such perfect timing!
Very well done!

Hi Ahmet,
A funny looking owl making a funny gesture. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-17 1:06]

Merhaba Ahmet,
Great capture of a Little Owl winking at you! Nice sharp frontal-view, full frame portait of a species that would like to photograph one day.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best wishes, Ivan

Hocam selam,
Bu kukumav sana göz kırpmış yaw...:)
süper bir an ..enfes bir foto olmuş..

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-17 7:27]

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Çok hoş bir pozunu yakalamışsınız.Detaylar,netlik,pozlama ve arka plan kusursuz olmuş.Tebrikler,ellerinize sağlık!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-17 8:35]

Poz super :o))
Selamlar ve sevgiler

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-17 8:48]

Hi Ahmet,

I've never seen a winking Owl before - great timing to capture that. A wonderful pose showing off his face, one yellow eye, nice plummage and long, long nails. Excellent natural colors and fine details.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-06-17 9:42]

Hi Ahmet

I love the cheeky wink he is giving you :) Lovely shot of this little owl, sharp, great POV and a lovely blue sky BG. Beautiful details and lovely natural colours in the feathers



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-17 10:00]

Hello Ahmet,
Excellent photo with a perfect timing. Sharpness and details in the feathers are superb. Very beautiful natural colours in fantastic light. Great POV.

Merb Ahmet cok guzel yakalamisin iyi detaylar ve goz kipmasi cok iyi olmus, eline saglik Slm Necip

Ahmet hocam bu çok tatlı durmuş. sizde o anı güzel sabitlemişsiniz. Elinize sağlık. Saygılar.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-17 14:20]

Excellent photo, Ahmet!!!
The pose with one eye shut is superb!
Very sharp and very detailed.
Great composition too.

Well done!!


Çok hoş bir fotoğraf sanki göz size göz kırpıyor iyi
Çok güzel olmuş elinize sağlık

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-17 23:29]

Hello Ahmet, Why this fella has closed one eye? Any reason. Very good view but frame is too tight.Ganesh

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-06-18 5:50]
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Hi Ahmet

Looks like this guy thought you are an owl and gave you a wink. It was excellent timing though to capture this shot. Nice sharp details, good natural colours and a pleasant composition.

Well done and TFS.

PS. This made me think of the story in a song I heard by Jethro Tull, many years ago. Fortunately for Internet I could find the words and unfortunately it maybe won't have the same impact without the music (which is quite something else), but here is the story.

This is the story of the hare who lost his spectacles

Owl loved to rest quietly whilst no one was watching. Sitting on a fence one day, he was surprised when suddenly a kangaroo ran close by.

Now this may not seem strange, but when owl overheard kangaroo whisper to no one in particular, "The hare has lost his spectacles," well, he began to wonder.

Presently, the moon appeared from behind a cloud and there, lying on the grass was hare. In the stream that flowed by the grass – a newt. And sitting astride a twig of a bush – a bee.

Ostensibly motionless, the hare was trembling with excitement, for without his spectacles he was completely helpless. Where were his spectacles? Could someone have stolen them? Had he mislaid them? What was he to do?

Bee wanted to help, and thinking he had the answer began: "You probably ate them thinking they were a carrot." "No!" Interrupted owl, who was wise. "I have good eye-sight, insight, and foresight. How could an intelligent hare make such a silly mistake?" But all this time, owl had been sitting on the fence, scowling!

Kangaroo were hopping mad at this sort of talk. She thought herself far superior in intelligence to the others. She was their leader; their guru. She had the answer: "Hare, you must go in search of the optician." But then she realized that hare was completely helpless without his spectacles. And so, kangaroo loudly proclaimed, "I can't send hare in search of anything!"

"You can guru, you can!" shouted newt. "You can send him with owl." But owl had gone to sleep.

Newt knew too much to be stopped by so small a problem. "You can take him in your pouch." But alas, hare was much too big to fit into kangaroo's pouch.

All this time, it had been quite plain to hare that the others knew nothing about spectacles.

As for all their tempting ideas, well hare didn't care.
The lost spectacles were his own affair.
And after all, hare did have a spare a-pair.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-19 20:48]

Hello Ahmet

This owl seems to be giving you the thumbs up wink!
Wonderful pov and excellent plumage detail.
The timing is great.
Super eye contact.


Merhaba Hocam,
Harika bir kare olmuş. Detaylar müthiş, elinize sağlık.


Merhaba Ahmet!
Owls are one of my favourite bird group, and I always like to watch them. Your species is known also from Poland, but the true is that I observed it only in South Europe...
Nice capture with funny pose (50% of owl is sleeping, 50% is not ;>).
TFS and my best greetings from Lodz!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-06-28 12:04]

merhaba hocam
guzel bir poz ve hos bir goz temasi
kompozisyon, bakis acisi, renkler ve detaylar nefis
eline saglik

Salam Ahmet. I think the owl is winking at you. This is just an amazing shot with the owl in full frame. Super shot against the blue sky. The exposure of the plumage is in vivid detail and I like the perch on that diagonal beam. Thanks for sharing and best regards from Malaysia. Jusni

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