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Barn owl

Barn owl
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Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XSi, Canon 70-200 F4 L USM IS
Exposure: f/11, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-23 16:03
Viewed: 12504
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Barn owls have always struck me as mysterious and ghostly, but really beautiful birds. The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is the most widely distributed species of owl, and one of the most widespread of all birds. It is also referred to as Common Barn Owl, to distinguish it from other species in the barn-owl family Tytonidae. These form one of the two living main lineages groups of owls, the other being the typical owls (Strigidae). T. alba is found almost anywhere in the world outside polar and desert regions, as well as all of Asia north of the Alpide belt, most of Indonesia and the Pacific islands.
It is known by many other vernacular names, some of them rather ambiguous. They often refer to the appearance, habitat or the eerie, silent flight: White Owl, Silver Owl, Demon Owl, Ghost Owl, Death Owl, Night Owl, Rat Owl, Monkey-faced Owl, Church Owl, Cave Owl or Stone Owl. Golden Owl might also refer to the related Golden Masked-owl (T. aurantia). Hissing Owl and particularly in the USA "screech owl" refer to the piercing calls of these birds, but the latter term usually refers to typical owls of the genus Megascops.
This individual is cared for by Raptor, Inc. - the opposite wing is badly damaged.
I really exercised the image stabilizer shooting this at 1/80, but it did a great job.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-06-23 16:29]

Hi Greg,
I like the composition of this shot,
with the owl's three-quarter profile.
Great close-up with good eye-contact.
She looks very pensive!
TFS. : )

Hey Greg,

Superb capture with nice bright colurs and sharp image. You captured its nice heart shape face with light in his eyes. Awesome capture! Great sharpness!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-24 12:55]

Hi Greg. Your canon lens did well in you hands . This is a first class portrait of the Barn owl. I love the heart shape of the face and the larhe dark eyes. Excellent detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-06-26 13:31]

Hi Greg,
This is great, a pleasure to view.
Excellent quality image, done very well..
Very well indeed!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-07-04 23:37]

HI Greg !

Excellent shot.
Very well done and played!
Beautiful colors with excellent contrast.
Have a pleasant weekend,

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