<< Previous Next >>

Meet "Twig"

Photo Information
Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS + EF 1.4X II, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-19 21:26
Viewed: 4063
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a photo I took at the World Bird Sanctuary located in Valley Park Missouri. They were having a World Eagle Day celebration that was free to the public. They had many species of raptors on display. This little guy is an Eastern Screech Owl. He is only about 7-8 inches tall, and his name is "Twig"

I am afraid that many of my next posts are going to be raptor portraits. I hope you do not get bored with them. I took 350 photos on this shoot.

Eastern screech-owl Otus asio

Identification Tips:
Length: 8? inches Wingspan: 22? inches
Small, nocturnal, predatory bird
Large, rounded head with ear tufts
Yellow eyes
Dense streaking on underparts with finer barring
Some birds have rusty plumage, others dark gray
Sexes similar
Similar species:
The Eastern Screech-Owl is very similar in plumage to Western and Whiskered Screech-Owls and is best separated by voice. Other small owls lack prominent ear tufts.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.

marhowie, dew77, ramthakur, ALIRIZA, ddg, SkyF, wkshelton, nardophoto, Comandante, wallhalla15, ScottHale, CTP, thistle, cecilia, PDP, livios, coasties, Dando, touristdidi, Luc, firelord has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To saguzar: Missing feetscottevers7 1 03-20 10:14
To goutham_ramesh: DOF issuescottevers7 1 03-19 22:38
To ldsouza: Crop on the feetscottevers7 1 03-19 22:32
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Beautiful shot!!! Why did you cut off the feet in the pic? Would have been nice to have seen the entire bird. I went for an Owl Prowl and tried to look for this little guy ... they are almost impossible to see in the wild ... needless to say, I did not see him :(
Congratulations!! Beautiful shot, wonderful sharpness, hue + sat .. only wish we could see the entire bird.

Hi Scott,
You've done an excellent job with this. Very sharp detail and the eyes are amazing..
Perfect light & color. Very well done mf.

Excellent potrait and a very useful note, f5.6 was it a choice, i think you could have used f8/f11 you would have got better DOF.

Great Composition, colors, and very good POV
Goutham R

Excellent whooty owl! Makes a perfect portrait shot with a very nice POV. Awesome Scott. :)

Twig is a hoot! Very cute shot in spite of the missing feet... toes are just SO unglamorous anyway.! Excellent technicals as many to follow are sure to remind you!

  • Great 
  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-19 23:55]
  • [2]

Hi Scott
Bring them on... I mean the raptor shoots.
Your photo is very good. The sharp details really bring out the textures and the colours on its feathers. And those eyes... staring straight at you... piercing and penetrating. Lovely stuff. Good DOF & BG too.
Very well done and TFS.

Wow, Scott!
What an eyes! What a colours! Bravo! Looking like portrait in studio! :-)
Best wishes,

  • Great 
  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-03-20 2:22]

Hi Scott,

This owl really looks intelligent. Very sharp details, great colors and nice and wonderful background. That's were it's all about!


Excellent DOF and detail. Very good POV and beautiful eyes. It's a shame you had to cut off the feet becuase of the tethers. Maybe you can try to do a close crop just on the face.

Well done

  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-20 2:39]

Hello Scott!
Magnificent portrait.Details are razorsharp and crisp clear.POV,details,simple BG and eye contact are excellent.TFS...:-)

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-20 3:06]

Hi Scott,
An amazingly sharp capture of this screech owl.
Great color contrast within the feathers.
Very pale eyes for an owl... interesting.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful images, and for helping me this past year, my friend. : )

Hi Scott ,
Excellent and amazing portrait. I like clear details, nice colours, sharpness and framing a lot. Congratulations...
Well done.
Ali Rıza

  • Great 
  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-03-20 4:04]

Bonjour Scott, splendid ce portrait de "chouette". Leur regard est toujours fabuleux!! Super piqué et belle couleurs, TFS, Didier.

  • Great 
  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-20 4:06]

Hi Scott,
Excellent shot, superb eye detail! Colours are good, my only nit would be that the DOF is a little shallow. I'm noticing this in peoples work at the moment because it's something I'm working on myself!

Hi Scott, nice and celare photo. good seeing details and good POV.

  • Great 
  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-03-20 7:17]

Hi Scott,
Very nice shot, excellent sharpness. The texture of the feathers and color are wonderfully detailed. Very nice eye contact excellent POV.

Beautiful shot and so sharp - great equipment as well I see. Well done

Grande scatto. Messa a fuoco sugli occhi, buoni dettagli.
Bravo. Complimenti

Great Portrait scott,
Very nice colors, BG, details, Great capture and composed, Framing just excellent, TFS Kyle

Hi Scott,
Nice image, I love the great details, as always you does. Good colors and light...but... you have cutting of the feet, It´s a pity.perhaps you had any reason.

Hi Scott,
a great portrait of a owl. The most important with portait of owls are the intensive eyes and look, you have done a great work to get them sharp.
Well composed, good POV and nice colours.
Excellent work, my friend.

  • Great 
  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-03-20 11:39]

it's indeed a shame that the feet are missing otherwise it was a world shot. The pov is fantastic with good details and the dof is good too. very good photo anyway. good job Scot

  • Great 
  • PerR Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 2 N: 16] (99)
  • [2006-03-20 13:02]

Hello Scott.
Beautiful. Very sharp, great colour and light. And the eyes.... Very well done.

Hello Scott!
Amazing portrait.Colors,sharpness,details and framing are
excellent.Thanks for sharing.

Hi Scott,
so amazing eyes, it's a beautiful bird, excellent shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Wow....fantastic. This was the cutest little owl I have ever seen. In my opinion, it was the coolest bird there. I can't find a flaw in this picture. I noticed someone said they would have liked to have seen the entire bird but who likes to see tethers? This thing was so tiny it was unbelieveable. I wonder if we could have had some sort of way to include "scale" in our shots. I shot a few of "twigy" that turned out well but not nearly as good as this. Nice "catch light", great OOF BG, awesome use of the the dim light you had available, good texture and composition - I like that he's slightly off centered. Good job, wonderful post, it put a smile on my face.
Bring on the raptors pal!

Wow! absolutely stunning,with colour and detail...
Well done..

  • Great 
  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-03-20 22:22]

Hi Scott,
Excellent Owl portrait my friend:)
His eye details are impressive.
Great pov,colors,sharpness,focus,note and blurred bg.Well Done.TFS

  • Great 
  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-03-20 22:42]

Wonderful shot, Scott! Nice sharpness and colours! I like it so much!

Excellent portrait shot Scott. Great sharpness, details and very nice colours and lighting too. Very good POV and DOF, well captured. This is a great composition. Thank you for sharing with us.

Mr "Twig" stares me in the eye and I like it, Scott. Why did you hide its talons, or is it claws?
A superb image, perfect in every respect. So flood us with some more and thanks for sharing.
Sorry, will get get back to give you points later.

Hello Scott,
Very good shot. Well done on framing here. Picture has good lighting and some nice details too. The DOF however seems to be a little shallow and even eyes aren't entirely in focus.
Anyway, well done on this one!

Great capture Scott,
Good clear and sharp detail. Good colours, composition and exposure.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-21 21:41]

Excellent bird shot, crisp and clear. Well composed, good note. Thanks Scott.


  • Great 
  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-03-22 2:18]

Hi Scott
Great owl portrait, excellent close up, very nice composition color and details, the eyes is wonderful.


  • Great 
  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-03-22 11:30]

Privet Scott.
The big eyes penetrates through. Precise details, good and quiet colors. The present portrait.

Hi Scott,
Thanks for introducing Twig to us. What a great and sharp photo. The colors and light are excellent. I realy like the big bright eyes. Can't wait to see your raptor collection.

  • Great 
  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-03-22 16:02]

Hi Scott,
Brilliant capture!
Very sharp image, perfect exposure and focus,
incredible detail in the eyes, excellent POV and DOF.
Well done and thanks for sharing!

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-03-24 20:03]

Hi Scott, good shot. Great looking owl and it's a good composition, I love his stare. Well done.

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-25 14:41]

Scott, another great image.

Excellent eye contact, colors and lighting. I enjoy the soft bg too.

Great note, great job.

Hi Scott

Here we do have an wise looking Owl. Love the eye contact. Crisp, clear and sharp details. Nice crop to the shot too. Great BG! :-)

  • Great 
  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-04-12 9:01]

Hi Scott, another cracking shot from your birds of prey series. Detail, colours, exposure etc. all spot on. Good one my friend and TFS.

So cute and perfect! Wonderful feathers!

  • Great 
  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-06-07 8:01]

hi Scott
très très belle photo
très bons details et très belles couleurs
cette photo est vraiment magnifique
et l'arrière plan est très bien fait (il est bien flou).

Hello Scott,
A great portrait, where the intense stare is so well captured!
Great details in the plumage, and the bird stands out well on the non-intrusive background...
A fine composition with good natural colours!
Pablo -

Calibration Check