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Backoff Buddy

Backoff Buddy
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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: 2004-06-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-29 3:45
Viewed: 3546
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 17
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This juvenile Great Horned Owl tried scaring me off by fanning his wings and clicking his beak. Didn't work but mom and dad swooping past my head worked. The Great Horned Owl is Albertas' provincial bird. Adults are similar in appearance, are 46-64cm long and have a wing span of 91-152cm. They hunt usually by swooping down from a perch to take small rodents, rabbits, grouse and is one of the few animals to predate skunks.

This shoot was taken in the evening just before sunset and unfortunately a shadow is on those beautiful eyes.

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Bella posa, ottima foto ben composta e buona la nitidezza dell'occhio.

Hi Rick, Shadow or not this is a beautiful shot. I've never gotten this close to a Great Horned and with all this light. It's great. He helped you of course in your composition by spreading those wings of his to help fill the frame. Very nice.

Thanks, John

fantastic capture, TFS Ori

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2006-11-29 7:11]

Great shot with nice details, wouldn't want to be on the recieving end of those talons no matter how old he is!



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-29 11:00]

Hi Rick.
This is a fine capture with a good example of the use of size as a way of trying to scare away intruders.
In this context the center-placing works well in a good and fairly sharp presentation.
TFS, reagrds, Ivan

Hi Rick
What an awesome shot of this Great Horned Owl! This little guy looks huge as he fans his wings. I love the colours, composition and detail.

I've been to Jenner, the ice cream is great...especially when you've been canoeing on the river for 5 days in +40C.

TFS Janice
PS thanks for adding me to your favoites :)

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-11-29 21:00]

Hi Rick,

I bet mom and dad swooping past your head did work...;-)

What a cool moment you've captured with this juvenile!

Another excellent shot! Thanks!



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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-30 3:20]

Hahah, Rick.
That is such a cute pose you have elicited and captured.
This young owl is sure trying to make himself look big and bad. : )
The focus is a tad soft, but still, great details on the wings.
TFS. : )

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2007-02-23 8:38]

Very very cool picture... but the bird is out-of-focus. That the kind of things that you shoot without thinking of technics. You capture a great moment.

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