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Barn Owl in flight

Barn Owl in flight
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Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 50mm f 1.4 USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-02-12 19:17
Viewed: 8168
Points: 10
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From my last trip to California.

Compared to most birds Barn Owls have a very low wing loading (large wings supporting a lightweight body) this means they are able to fly very slowly without stalling and hover in only the slightest lift (rising air). Slow flight gives the birds ample time to locate and pinpoint prey on the ground below, and the low wing loading enables them to pass through the air very gently and hover with minimal effort. The owls' feathers are very soft - another adaptation for quiet flight. The flight feathers are covered in a layer of tiny hairs that trap air within the feather surface and the foremost wing feather (the tenth primary) also has a row of tiny hooks that help to deaden the sound of air hitting the wings' leading edge. Almost-silent flight enables the birds to hear the tiny sounds produced by their small mammal prey and approach them undetected.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-02-12 19:32]

Awesome shot!!


Great capture of the barn owl in flight. Did a workshop and hope you approve of a slightly different look. Focus excellent. TFS

Best wishes,


Hi Peter.
Beautiful shot with wings of an angel. I love the colours and the focus is bang on the face. You framed it well also. TFS Trevor

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-02-13 9:14]

Hi Peter,
Perfect capture of flying bird. Excellent detail and focus. Nice colours and very good moment captured.
Regards Jiri.

interesting to see it in broad day light, TFS Ori

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