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Copyright: Michael Hastriter (devildoc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 57 N: 186] (2851)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikon Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR +
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-06-22 17:49
Viewed: 1708
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Family Strigidae, Bubo virginianus (Great Horned Owl)

As I was backing my small aluminum boat down into the water to launch, I noticed an adult great horned owl perched on the last piling at the end of the dock. By the time the boat was launched and pick-up/trail parked, the adult was gone but I noticed two small heads sticking up out of the hollow steel pipe. The female had evidently made a nest in the end of the pipe and had two chicks nearly ready to fly (see WS for view of both chicks). Grabbing my camera and getting right under the piling, one of the chicks peaked over at me. It was about 12 feet up. I said, "smile" and to my amazement, the chick opened its beak as you see in this picture. Quite comical at the moment. The chicks still had down and had not yet developed the feathers that form the "horns" from which they derive their name.

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真是迷人明亮 表情可愛逗趣

Hi Michael
nice pic but just a bit of a flash light would greatly improve the difficult light condition here

Wonderful little owl good moment and good portrait.

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