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Barn Owl

Barn Owl
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Copyright: Doug Brown (dB_grafix) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 9 N: 624] (3019)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-E, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Angelina's Favorites - Part I, jmp *3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-14 23:47
Viewed: 3922
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Barn Owl(Tyto alba) is a pale, long-winged, long-legged owl, a with squarish tail. Tail shape is a way of distinguishing the Barn Owl from owls of the strigidae family. 33–39 cm in length with an 80–95 cm wingspan. Its head and upperparts are buff, and the underparts are white. The face is heart shaped.[2]

In the US it is incorrectly sometimes called Screech Owl because the Barn Owl has a notable shreee scream, ear-shattering at close range. It can hiss like a snake, and when captured or cornered, it throws itself on its back and flails with sharp-taloned feet, an effective defence. Contrary to popular belief, it does not make the call "tu-whit to-whoo" (which is made by the Tawny Owl).


Thanks for the views and any critique.

Phoki, valy67, bobcat08, coasties, CeltickRanger, spalaxtr, Alex99, SelenE, angybone, kjpweb, jmp, Miss_Piggy, Maite has marked this note useful
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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-02-14 23:50]

Hello Doug !
What a wonderful picture ! You have perfectly frozen the barn Owl, in a wonderful pose ! Excellent details, nice natural colors, wonderful composition and POV, beautiful BG. I also like the golden light on the owl. You are very lucky to see this bird, I have never seen any but I keep searching... Anyways, very well done !

Hello Doug,

An amazing action shot from this Barn Owl. Excellent details and very nice natural colors. The colors of the bird are so soft. Splendid. The oblique incident sunlight is very special. I like the composition. Well done. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend and TFS BOB

Hello Doug,

Exellent capture, good sharpness.

regards Gert

Hi Doug

Nice shadow/light on the owl. Lovely in flight against a great background. Nice work. :-)

Hi Doug,
Wow! This is an amazing picture! What a precious capture! Lightning, details, composition and subject are stunning! This is very well done, you must be proud of this :) TFS,

hello Doug

what a superb inflight shot you did with the highlights
in one wing and the shadows in the other wing,
wonderful background, excellent density of the colours,
excellent sharpness and details, a great POV
and a excellent framing, TFS


Hi Doug,
Fantastic photo of this beautiful bird with splendid sharpness and colours in a great composition in flight. To take such a flight photo could not be easy. Greetings.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-15 8:26]

Hi Doug,

I like the light in this inflight shot.The timing is very good and the background is in balance. Well done.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-15 9:29]

Hi Doug.
Tremendous in-flight picture with impressive POV and composition of the image. Amazing pose of the bird and its wingspread. Sunlight illuminates the bird very attractively. Warm colours of the shot are wonderful as well as the nice neutral smooth BG. Bravo.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-15 11:05]

Hi Doug,
Nice in-flight of this barn owl with good composition and POV. TFS
Have a great weekend,

This one is going into my theme. :)
What a wonderful inflight shot - beautiful capture of flight.
Wonderful golden lighting. Just awesome!!!!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-15 11:59]

Hello Doug,
Wonderful photo in amazing light. The timing is perfect. Details, composition, BG and POV are very good.
Good weekend,

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2008-02-15 15:03]

Great in flight shot with amazing light. A real beauty you got yourself there, Doug! Kudos! Cheers, Klaus

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-16 2:41]

Hi Doug,
Impressive capture for its pov, pose, sharpness and light. Bravo!
TFS, José M.

Hallo Doug
Sjoe I really like this one. Sjoe is WOW in Afrikaans. A fine capture of the Barn Owl in flight. This owl has a very huge wingspan, but oh so impressive. I like the way the light shines on the one side of the bird, keeping the other side dark. I wish I could take photos like this. Absolutely great Perfect moment and perfect pose. Very pleasing to the eye. Sjoe once again.Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-18 4:49]

Hello Doug, very nice shot of this flying Owl, very sharp, good light and exposure and a nice background. Well done, thanks!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-21 18:40]

Hello Doug

What a superb in flight shot.
The Owl's face is amazing and you captured it in such fine detail.
The warm lighting is really producing some rich and beautiful colours.
Nicely composed.


what a super in flight shot, with such a amazing details, well done

Hello Doug, this is my favourite night-hunter.
Rarely seen in daylight flight, really a great capture!!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-04-29 4:14]

What a fantastic capture and marvellous composition! How much I should like to see one of these in the wild.
I see you have posted a lot of wonderful pictures the last weeks and I am marvelled for them. I should like to have time and comment all them but patience will be needed.
Thank you very much for these marvells of yours, dear Doug.
My best regards

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2008-05-20 4:07]

Wonderful capture, very good nice use of light. Impressive what a balance the barn owl is showing here. Congratulations Reina

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