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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS + EF 1.4X II, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-30 23:41
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 120
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken at the World Bird Sanctuary, located in Valley Park, Missouri. I went on a photo shoot there the other day with fellow TN member Scott Hale. I think we both came away with some excellent shots. Many of the birds are on display outside and terthered where thy are easily accessable with good natural backrounds. This was one I really felt that I got lucky and did everything right.(dumb luck) I sure am happy with this one though.

Eurasian Eagle Owl - Bubo bubo

Size: Length: 58-71cm (22.8-28")
Weight: Female 2280-4200g (80.4-158oz) Male 1620-3000g (57.1-105.8oz)
Average Wing Length (one wing only): Female 47.8cm (18.8") Male 44.8cm (17.6")

Description: The upperparts are brown-black and tawny-buff, showing as dense freckling on the forehead and crown, stripes on the nape, sides and back of the neck, and dark splotches on the pale ground colour of the back, mantle and scapulars. A narrow buff band, freckled with brown buff, runs up from the base of the bill, above the inner part of the eye and along the inner edge of the black-brown, "ear-tufts".
The rump and upper tail-coverts are delicately patterned with dark vermiculations and fine wavy barring. The facial disc is tawny-buff, speckled with black-brown, so densely on the outer edge of the disc as to form a "frame" around the face. Chin and throat are white continuing down the centre of the upper breast. The whole of the underparts except for chin, throat and centre of upper breast is covered with fine dark wavy barring, on a tawny-buff ground colour. Legs and feet are likewise marked on a buff ground colour but more faintly.
The tail is tawny-buff, mottled dark grey-brown with about six black-brown bars.
Bill and claws are black, the iris is orange (yellow in some subspecies).

Habits: Active mainly at dusk to dawn. Flight is noiseless, whith soft wingbeats interrupted by gliding when flying over long distance. Will sometimes soar.

Mortality: Eurasian Eagle Owls may live more than 60 years in captivity. In the wild, about 20 years may be the maximum. They have no real natural enemies; electrocution, collision with traffic, and shooting are the main causes of death.

Habitat: Eagle Owls occupy a variety of habitats, from coniferous forests to warm deserts. Rocky landscapes are often favoured. Adequate food supply and nesting sites seem to be the most important prerequisites.

Distribution: North Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle East.

Source - www.owlpages.com

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Very nice shot here, with great intense color and good focus on the eyes. Birds are always tough but you did a great job with this beauty.

Some lovely detail and you can almost feel those eyes boring through you. Lovely portrait.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-31 1:16]

He certainly has an intense stare. Scott/
Great capture of this beautiful eagle owl.
He looks very impressive.
The details and light are superb.
Fantastic close-up and POV.
TFS. : )

Bellissimo ritratto, Scott!
Dettagli e colori stupendi.

Ciao e grazie.

Hello Scott,
Beautiful and crystal clear eyes. This pair of eyes draw me in. Excellent picture to see. Very well done.

marvelous photo Scott,
fantastic capture, the eyes are fantastic, good pov and a very good details, very good job.
gr. jaap

Hi Scott
I like the eyes of the bird.TFS

Avec des yeux pareils, on ne s'étonne pas que cet hibou soit un bon chasseur.
Bonne journée.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-31 4:09]

Hello Scott,
Wonderful portrait of eagle owl.Clear eyes and expression on face are amazing.I liked POV,tight framing,colors,BG and composition also a lot.Excellent work!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-31 5:13]

Hi Scott,

Great portrait of this eagle with the staring eyes,the title is chosen very well,I like it



Hi Scott

Magnificent quality shot. Great closeup! Love those intense eyes! TFS.

Hello Scott,
Great portrait, super details in the plumage and you capture the expression so well...
Good colour in this well framed subject!
Pablo -

Hello scott !
Wow, these eyes are really impressive, so intense ! And they have such a beautiful yellow color ! Perfect sharpness and details on the face and the feathers, beautiful colors. Composition, POV and BG are also very beautiful. Very well done !

Hi Scott,
Beautiful image.
Didn't know the zoom was working with an teleconverter? Do you have to focus manually?

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-31 7:36]

Hi Scott,
wondeful focus on those intense eyes. Sharpness, colors and details are very nice.

Hello Scott,
Great portrait of this magnificient bird! Those details and colors look great! I like the way you composed it and this stunning POV. Well done and TFS,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-31 12:59]

Hi Scott

What a superb portrait of this very impressive animal!
I've allways admired owls for their adapration to the nocturnal conditions of hunting and this shot shows one of the most important elements - its eyes! They are truly hypnotizing :)
Excellent POV and sharpness, very nicely framed and composed.
Bravo and TFS

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-31 13:19]

Hi Scott

What a superb shot, excellent POV and pose, the composition is really nicely presented, the tight crop makes the image very impressive, nice detail and great colours, I really love the yellow eyes.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-10-31 14:44]

Hello Scott,
a beautifull close up of the owl. I like the soft colours and tones a lot.
Thanks for sharing this great image with us, JAcob

"Happy" with this one wouldn't be the word I'd use. I'd be estatic! This is a fantastic shot thats superbly framed and perfectly isolated with the shallow DOF. great sharpness and detail in the whole owl, which to me is difficult to achieve and still get a OOF BG like this. You are great at figuring out distance from subject to get perfect isolation with the best blurred BG. Great job, proud to say I was there for this one!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-31 17:08]

Hi Scott,
A great capture indeed! Very good details, excellent pose, colors, lighting and background. Very good composition too.
TFS, José M.

Bonjour Scott!
C'est un magnifique close-up de ce bel hibou avec ses magnifiques yeux.
Félicitations pour les détails du plumage et le regard perçant.Les couleurs et la présentation sont très jolies

Merci et et au revoir.....JP

Hi Scott,
I examined this photo for several minutes. I could not find any weakness on this shot. Yes, you should be happy with this one. It is just perfect.

Ben Lakitan

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-31 21:06]

I'd be thrilled with this shot Scott. He's a beauty and those large open eyes are awesome. Super colours and stare! Well done my friend,

Good sharpness and compo
I love the eyes... very intense and bright. Nice work on the eyes.
GOod colors.

Hi Scott,
Looking at the data given in your note, it is an unusually big bird.
The best part in this otherwise immaculately captured shot are the eyes of the owl. Couldn't think of better sharpness than that and the naturalness of their color. It is a bewitching stare!
Thums up to this great portrait.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-11-01 13:14]

Bonjour Scott, great capture of this head of Bubo Bubo. "T'as de beaux yeux , tu sais!!!". Shapness, colors and POV are perfect. Congratulations, Didier.

when I look in the eyes of this owl I'm a little bit afraid .This means that you did it very well. very sharp and good colours.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-01 18:37]

Hi Scott
Good portrait shot. Good sharpnes, details, light, colours and POV. Also good BG and note.
Well done mf


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-01 20:05]

Hello Scott

An awesome portrait of this owl.The eyes are fantastic,the colours are well saturated and the detail and clarity is perfect.Very good detail in the plumage as well.Excellent POV and DOF.TFS


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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-11-02 13:24]

beautiful closeup capture with great DOF and stunning colours and detail.

no point (honest) in repeating what everyone else has repeated....


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-11-02 21:53]

Scott, this is a really sharp one.

Excellent composition, pov, contrast and colors.

Lovely eyes, of course.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-11-03 1:57]

Hi Scott,
Nice portrait of Bubo Bubo with nice pov,dof,colors,blurred bg,note and great eye details.TFS
Have a Great Weekend,

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-03 7:07]

Hello Scott,
Too busy with my home work, I was a bit inactive on TN, so I am happy to discover your new superb photo. I like the expression of this Owl. Great contact eyes. Technicaly it is great, as always...
Bravo my friend and thanks for sharing.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-11-03 11:27]

Excellent shot. Very good exposure, colors and detail. The pose is great as well showing off his intense stare with those beautiful yellow eyes. Very beautiful portrait.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-11-03 15:49]

Hi Scott,
Great quality portrait! Excellent details in the eyes.
Very well done and take care MF!

Wonderful close up! Well seen and composed! Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear .... Great shot! Take care Ana:)

hi scott
ce portrait est vraiment"chouette",(oui je la fait a chaque fois)les details dans le plumage et ce regard perçant.la netteté est excellente ainsi que la lumiere,enfin bravo.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-04 13:18]

Hi Scott!

Very good portrait of this beautifull bird. I like its big eyes face. It looks slightly sad or it is only my imagination? Great BG perfectly composed with colours of owl's feathers. Good work my friend!

Excellent work Scott.
Very good quality and use of flash to fill. I see excellent sharpness, detail, color, and DOF. The comp and POV are well done also.
Have a nice weekend mf.

Hi, Scott.
Nice portrait. Tack sharp eyes and excellent exposure. Good compo also.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-11-06 11:13]

Wonderful job, Scott. Great clarity. But I really like the angle on this one. My tendency is to shoot too straight on, but this reminds me of a portrait of a person. Too bad my bird place is closed for the season :-(

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-06 14:21]

Hi Scott.
I think this is really outstanding portrait. Needless to say, that quality of execution above any praises. I am admired by the pose of your model, expression of its eyes, POV and cropping, vivid colours and great details. BRAVO and regards.

Hello Scott,
A very nice portrait, the close up on face is remarkable; I love the severe like looking of the owl.
Great job

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-11-07 15:12]

Excelente nitidez. Uma ótima macro. Boas cores. Ave bonita. POV. Muito bom trabalho!

Hi Scott,
I see you got yourself a new photo on your intro page. One in full camo gear.
Its all about the eyes with these kind of photos and you nailed it perfectly. The eyes are really impressive. The rest is stunning as well and has great details in the feathers. it does feel a little soft around the edges, but that makes me focus on the eyes even more. The OOF BG really helpes to bring out the head perfectly.

:) tomorrow

Very nice closeup portrait Scott, the details in the feathers show up really nice, and those gorgeous eyes are very hynotic. :)

Very, very nice Scott. You capture this profile very well with good sharpness to appreciate the fine details. The eyes here are hypnotic. Good work mf.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-11-14 22:51]

Perfect capture, Scott! The sharpness is amazing, showing wonderful details! I love this eyes..

Hi Scott
Absolutely fantastic close up. A portrait of an owl.
Stunning detail. You have lots of reason to feel very happy with this one! Wow!
Thanks also for the note.

Hi Scott great portrait, beautiful colors, wonderful details, great sharpness, perfect photo, very well done, ciao Silvio

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-11-19 13:35]

Hello Scott, those eyes are fantastic. The colours are very good and it's a great moment you captured. Lovley details and composition. Well done.

Brilliant in all aspects:
POV composition colors subject expression.
No nits
Well done

Nice shot. The colours, POV and sharpness are great. I like the eyes and the pose.

Very well done.

Hi Scott, Impressive stare and you did well to get this close. I love owls but they evade me. I don't have a single decent shot of one.

Well done.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-12-27 3:45]

what a look!!Excellent POV&DETAILS..

Hello Scott,

Excllent work, excllent details very crisp, nicly composed and capture excllent colors Bg POV DOF Bg POV excllent Job

TFS Kyle

Hello Scott.

Excellent picture, vey good details and colors.

It was this or the tawny eagle.....I chose this because of those stunning eyes! Amazing clarity, not just on the eyes. Not a pixel in sight, it looks like I'm looking at an owl right in front of me.

Hi dear Scott ,
excellent shot with great focus and sharpness.
great and nice BG.
beautiful colors and very well captured.
thanks and regards

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2007-02-23 8:16]

I look in your portfolio and find very great image. On that one, I like the contrast of colors and those beautiful yellow eyes. Sharpness and focus are excellent.

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