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Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS, canon tc-dc52b 1.6x
Exposure: f/8, 1/10 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Pankaj Bajpai's Favourite, Great Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-11 3:27
Viewed: 5124
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Great Horned Owl
Bubo virginianus

This Great Horned Owl is a boarder of the Ecomuseum. I do not know his history. He was probably damaged or he was born in captivity. I know on the other hand that the employees takes well care.
It would be difficult to take such a photo in the wild, I think. He lives in a niche outside which he can go out.
The background is a wide wooden board that I blured (see the original photo not retouched).
I used a tripod but nevertheless, given little of pervading light, I did not manage to arrest in detail the beauty of its plumage. I hope that you shall forgive me.
Tomorrow I will post another clearer photo of another individual which I have photogaphed last week.

Description: Great Horned Owls can vary in colour from a reddish brown to a grey or black and white.
The underside is a light grey with dark bars and a white band of feathers on the upper breast.
They have large, staring yellow-orange eyes, bordered in most races by an orange-buff facial disc.
The name is derived from tufts of feathers that appear to be "horns" which are sometimes referred to as "ear tufts" but have nothing to do with hearing at all.
The large feet are feathered to the ends of the toes, and the immature birds resemble the adults.
Females are 10 to 20% larger than males.
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I hope you like him.

dew77, LordPotty, red45, Janice, carper, Kirsten, sergegagne, willie, liquidsunshine, marhowie, Fisher, ellis49, extramundi, Callie has marked this note useful
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To Callie: par excellence...Luc 1 02-12 12:27
To gerhardt: No news from him ...Luc 3 02-11 23:36
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You know... this owl is so pretty and so scary ;-)
It looks a little like my husband when he is angry for me ;-)

You are so good at shots like this Luc.
He looks stern,yet serene.Puts me in mind of the old nursery rhyme....
A wise old owl sat in an oak.
the more he heard,the less he spoke,
the less he spoke,the more he heard,
why can't we be like that wise old bird ?

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-11 4:46]

Luc, you really irritated this beauty :-) If look could kill... Great portrait, excellent quality.

Great portrait, Luc. The owls still evades me. I'd love a capture like this. The eyes are piercing. Lovely colors and details. The ear tuffs are a bit soft, is it from blurring?

Still a excellent capture. Well done.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-02-11 4:55]

Owls make great portraits and this one is no exception. Good quality. Does it always frown or is it something you did?

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-11 5:05]

What a serious looking fellow Luc. He's not too happy with you. Good capture, well done.

A few days ago I made also a shot of this owl from a different corner. This one is a perfect owl shot, very good details, very good colours, and great eyes, fantastic job Luc, I like it a lot.

this is one of my favorite owls, i like the bright eyes and 'horns'.this one look a little bit mad, maybe he doesn't like the be a model?
excelent details and very good colours.very well done!!

Excellente prestation, mon ami. Je ne trouve rien à redire... juste dire un grand merci. Pourtant, des points ressortent: la grande utilité didactique de la comparaison avec l'image originelle et aussi des renseignements techniques dans ta note. Très bonne gestion de la couleur (même le blanc du menton n'est pas brûlé). De la bonne ouvrage comme tu accomplis toujours. J'ai hâte de voir ta photo de demain.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-11 10:36]

Luc, you got a winner here. Absolutely stunning. Great eyes.
very well done 10 out of 10

Great shot Luc,
Superb details, love the colours and eyes. Very clear and clean.
Great Portrait, Thanks for posting

Luc, I like this slightly superior POV/angle that helps to lock-down the stare & connect with the viewer instantly! Very good details seen in the eyes & face..Great note with links...Nicely framed, Well done!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-02-11 13:36]

Nice one, Luc. It's the look my cat gives me when he want to fight. It's amazing how cats and Owls have that look.
Excelent capture and details. Well done on this composition.


Great shot Luc.
The eyes are amazing. Very good details, composition and colours.
Very well done.

What a potrait, beautiful. Surprised one more time with your quality at this shots. You are very good with this distance and subjects. Congratulations, nothing else to say.

My Friend
I do not get time to look around TN for a couple of days, and you go and post the most wonderful pictures, mug shots par excellence! and all of them, with ears or "horns" that are extraordinary, from the kitty cat down to this nice owl. He is large enough to eat my owlet posted just now. This is very nice, your photography has improved with leaps and bounds, it is good to see this, and your subject matter is also tops, I love them all, wish I could comment on each one.
This one sure has a problem with the photographer poking the lens into his face, I really like the frown. TFS

Nice shot showing the wonderful plumage of this owl.

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