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Boreal Owl

Boreal Owl
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/300 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-13 18:34
Viewed: 3701
Points: 16
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Done in Tommy Thomson Park – Lake Ontario

Boreal Owl
Aegolius funereus Order STRIGIFORMES Family STRIGIDAE
Other Names
Nyctale boréale (French)
Lechuza de Tengmalm (Spanish)
Tengmalm's Owl, Richardson's Owl (English)

A small owl of boreal and montane forests, the Boreal Owl is found throughout Alaska and Canada, and across northern Eurasia, as well. It is found in the lower 48 states only in the mountains of the West, in extreme northern Minnesota, and as an occasional winter visitor to the northern states.

Small owl.
No ear tufts.
White face outlined in black.
Fine spots on top of head.
Underparts dirty white, streaked with brown.
Bill yellow.

Size: 21-28 cm (8-11 in)
Wingspan: 55-62 cm (22-24 in)
Weight: 93-215 g (3.28-7.59 ounces)
(from "All about birds")

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Hi Mario,
nice that you are my neighbor this evening and that you too have uploaded a raptor.I have never seen a Boreal Owl in the wild and now that I have had this chance to see this photo,I sure would like too.The point of view with it in it's tree is very good with a little softness in the capture but then I know just what it is like to shoot amongst tree branches and get the subject only,not always an easy thing to do.The colour is very good and the eye colour gets my attention straight off next are the patterns of it's plumage.An attractive little bird that I'm glad you shared with us all. Bob

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-11-14 0:38]

Hi Mario,

A superb capture of this owl,as I postede yesterday one,I know they can be tricky to capture,but you did a fine job,with good POV,detail and sharpness,tfs


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-14 4:28]

Hi Mario,
I like the expression you captured :o) Details and patterns of the plumage, POV and focus are very nice. TFS

Hello Mario,
Very good portrait of this Boreal Owl.
I like the foreground/background combination.
Thanks for sharing

hello Mario

excellent shot of the Boreal Owl, being the first time
i see this owl i went to All About Birds website
to see what is in French, »»»»»»» Nyctale boréale,

excellent close-up shot with fine POV and framing,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


amazing capture, TFS Ori

Hello Mario

What a beautiful shot of this small boreal owl.
You are lucky to see this bird.
Excellent POV ,the details are sharp and well focused.
Lovely natural colours.


Hi Mario,
Une attitude exceptionnel dans un cadre superbe. Le regard que jette cette chouette est tout simplement magnifique! bravo

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