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Northern Saw-Whet Owl

Northern Saw-Whet Owl
Photo Information
Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus C-50 Zoom
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-03 12:06
Viewed: 3742
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm kicking myself for not bringing my real camera. I only had my cell phone camera to take this photo. The photo turned out small but, at least this little owl allowed me to get fairly close. When he saw me he actually came closer, probably thinking I had some goodies.

I visited the Birds Of Prey Facility in Coaldale, Alberta. This facility is a non-profit facility to rescue and re-introduce birds back into the wild when they can. Some birds cannot as they have to much damage done.

I had to get close to take this photo, since this Saw-Whet was behind a cage and I didn't want to get the cage in the photo.

Hand Held

I'll have my real camera next time :)

LordPotty, pac, Dando, s_a_s_h_a, mbasil, livios, soccer, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-06-03 12:51]

I know how you feel (Yes, you should kick yourself!), I think most photographers missed a big chance the same as you did. At least you had a camera!

Nevertheless, you did manage to get a decent picture of the owl, take consolation in that fact..


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-03 13:44]

Hi Janice, nice shot considering you used your cell phone, Good eye contact and colours. I will look forward to your revisit with your camera. A well desrved smiley for thinking on your feet. TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-06-03 15:13]

Nice photo from a cell phone.It is a good composition , grab your gear and get back there and share some more.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2006-06-04 2:49]

Hi Janice! I understand your frustration losing the oportunity to do a great photo with this great bird. I hope that you will return to Coaldale and give the second chanse to this owl! Dan

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-06-04 10:32]

I think you did a good job, considering the "camera." The subject and composition are good, and the limits are camera-related.

A litte while ago there were a bunch of brits that were posting shots of bald eagles and I thought of Birds of Prey, but it wasn't open yet. You just inspired me to get to it soon (and since it's 15 minutes from home, I've got NO excuse!).


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-06-04 15:27]

Janice, considering this was taken through a cell phone, it's a very nice shot.

When possible, go back there and take your camera. Since now, I'm hoping the owl will behave so nicely again.


Not bad for a cell phone at all! At least you could capture the moment. TFS,

Real camera or not; it is a great photo.
Very well presented.
Well composed with excellent clarity for the quality of the
camera you had to use.
Best regards,

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