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Flight Training

Flight Training
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-24 3:51
Viewed: 3476
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi All,
Todays posting is a young Great Horned Owl just learning how to fly. It was a little awkward at landings but its flying was great. Still covered with fuss instead of feathers and just starting to get its ear tuffs, it will be a couple of weeks yet till it starts to more closely resemble its parents. Mom wasn't to far away and seemed to be coaching this young one as there was a great deal of hooting going on.

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Hello Rick,
Haha...learning...must be fun to observe this.
Fantastic image.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-24 4:50]

Hello Rick,
A great capture of a Horned Owl fledgeling with fine sharpness to make him look great against the OOF tree and blue sky. Excellent composition too.
Thanks for sharing this one, Rick, and I am glad I happened to see it,

Hello Rick
This is really good one. Owls are special and beautiful birds and you did good work by capturing this one.

Oh.....so your saying Alberta now has a "Hooter" eh? yes I got that..and it shall be a great fill piece..Very nice...This one is in the natural setting. I would not known it was young had your notes to said so...large creatures...and very starnge in their movements and stillness as well...one of my kids was like that...but as the owl...never put some prey in front of it...or in the owls case..even a small kitten will disappear. I have seen it happen to my cats!

Hello Rick,

A splendid shot of this owl. Excellent sharpness with a very good reproduction of the textures of the plumage. Very good composition too. Splendid light and colours, especially of the eyes.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-24 9:16]

Hi Rick,

I can almost hear them. Come to think of it I haven't heard any this summer sitting on the chimney calling in the middle of the night. Lovely shot of this fuzzy looking young owl with a youthful expression on his face. Good colors, details and a lovely setting.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-06-24 10:47]

Hello Rick,
Nice picture with beautiful colors, nice contrast and good light.
Best regards

Hi Rick, the eyes are stunningly captured. They are the whole image......great capture and an excellent composition, going to my favourite list........regards h


I a hurry a just marking excellent pictures today. Be back later.



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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-24 14:31]

Hi Rick

An amazing shot - the area where I live is well known for owls - 4 species, but they are rarely visisble.Great pose and composition.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-24 15:37]

Hola Rick.
Very young Owl. I can see in his feathers. Lovely pose. Beautiful yellow eyes.
Saludos Rick.

hello Rick

excellent shot of this young Great Horned Owl, fine POV & DOF,
i love the way you framed the young owl and the barnbches
on the image, they are funny that eyes that are lke eyeglasses,



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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-25 2:04]

What a nice photo of this young owl :-)
The composition is perfect!
Great sharpness and clarity.
Spot-on exposure.

Well done, Rick!


Bonjour Rick
Quelle superbe pose, il semble être pensif et ne poser que pour toi,
magnifique photo avec de très jolies couleurs, une netteté parfaite avec de très jolis détails dans le plumage et un oeil magnifique,
bravo pour cette belle composition,
amicalement ...JP

Hi Rick
Is this the young owl you rescued? What a little cutie pie! He sure looks nice against the blue sky. I love all the down he still has. His yellow eyes are amazing, so big and round. It's always so exciting to capture a owl so close up. Well done!
TFS Janice

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-25 9:55]

Hello Rick,
What a wonderful photo of this youngster. sharpness, details, colours and composition are marvelous. The blue BG is so beautiful!

What a lovely owl, Rick!you must've had fun capturing this one!
Great shot!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-29 8:47]

Hi Rick,
Wonderful shot of this great looking Great Horned Owl in a fine pose here. Very neat and sharp image and against the blue sky as BG the subjects stand out so well. Great handling of light and exposure and I like those calm yellow eyes. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-05 22:23]

Hello Rick

What a wonderful capture.
The eyes are beautiful.
Excellent pov and dof.
The focus is sharp showing lovely detail.
Great job.


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