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Down in the Front

Down in the Front
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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: 2005-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Donnas Favorite Wildlife photos! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-27 8:55
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Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 19
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This parliment of young burrowing owls, was using an abandoned badger den for a home. These small owls
( 20-23 cm tall and a wing span of 51-61 cm ) in our area dine on grasshoppers, beetles and crickets with the odd small rodent or reptile. When I was shooting them they were constantly bobbing their heads up and down and moving trying to get a better look at me. The little guy in the back decided to look around his siblings.

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What a nice picture, this guys are really cute ! I propose a WS (mainly crop), unfortunately on the crop we can see that your picture is a little blurry. Even with a IS lens is better to use a tripod to obtain a very good level of sharpness.


Very lovely capture. This family is so cute.
I posted a workshop but at the time I write the critic I see that Antoine74 had also posted one (he was faster. My crop is somehow different as it had another purpose)

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-11-27 10:08]

Looks like another winner Rick!

Three in a row!

Keep em coming!



great, though a little out of focus. TFS Ori

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-11-27 14:05]

Hi Rick,
Ha ha what a funny guy in the back. Focus is a litte soft exept for the funny guy.
tfs paula

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-28 1:16]

What a cute bunch, Rick.
The focus is a bit soft, but the expression on those faces are priceless. Cropping a bit tighter would allow a closer look at this charming group.
TFS. : )

This is a nice family group.
I like the contrast but like everybody said the sharpness is a bit low, but the picture is good.
I like it!

Hi Rick,
Technically spoken a bit soft in focus at first sight...
That said...it is funnyyyy;especially the crazy one in the back is too much too take...
Besides...good compo too.
Good work!

Hi Rick
This shot adorable, especially the owl at the back who's cocking his head. Nicely framed, great colours and detail. So cute.

I'm jealous...I always keep my eyes open when I'm out on the prairie but have never seen wild Burrowing Owls. I did see them at the Birds of Prey Facility in Coaldale Alberta.
TFS Janice

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-16 4:53]

I just love the little guy who is peaking around his siblings! Wonderful!! A great scene! Well done & TFS!


Hey, Rick, great image. I guess we're 'neighbors' in the global sense, I live in Lethbridge. I've never seen burrowing owls before! What a unique post, especially the kid in back. Would you be kind enough to tell me where these nest?


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