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Wide Awake in the Evening

Wide Awake in the Evening
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX30IS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-30 7:33
Viewed: 3184
Points: 34
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Great Horned Owl

Great horned owls are big and bulky (3-4 pounds), standing 18-25" tall with a wingspan of 36-60" long. Males and females are similar in appearance, except the female is the larger of the two. The plumage of the great horned owl varies regionally, from pale to dark. In general, they have brown body plumage covered with darker brown spots and white throat feathers that contrast with the dark cross-barred underparts. The white feathers stand out like a collar against the darker underside feathers. Some great horned owls may be very pale underneath, but still the white collar stands out.

The great horned owls facial disk may have orangish or grayish feathers, and whiter feathers that form a V between the yellow eyes with black pupils. Their ear tufts are large and set far apart on the head. Just like a dog, great horned owls use these ear tufts to convey body language - when they are irritated the tufts lie flat and when they are inquisitive the ears stand upright.

Great horned owls occur all over the United States and most of Canada, and southward to Central and South America to the Straits of Magellan. They are one of the most widespread species of owls. They mostly reside year round in their territories, but ones from the far north move southward in fall or winter.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-30 7:36]

Hello Jane,
such an exciting presentation of this big eyes looking at the lens. The scattered leaves in the background makes this shot a pleasant one. The sharpness is well composed and the overall is very special and artistic.


Jane, it is good to see your picture on TN after a long time.
This is a fascinating picture of a Horned Owl up there on the acacia tree and staring back at you.
A very lively image, indeed.
Thanks for sharing it. Hope you are keeping well.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-30 7:54]

Hello Jane,
Very nice photo of this Great Horned Owl in an Acacia Tree. Lovely eye contact and beautiful natural colours. Good composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-07-30 7:59]

Hello, hello!
Good to see a post from you again, I hope all is well in far-away Arizona? This Horned Owl looks wide awake and gorgeous sitting up in the pretty tree looking down at you. Excellent focus, sharp details, beautiful natural colours and well framed.
TFS and all the best wishes! Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-30 8:19]

Hello Jane,
A lovely shot of the Great Horned Owl, nicely framed by the foliage of your Mesquit tree.
The clarity, natural colours and eye contact are superb and the composition just right!
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

Hi Jane,
very interesting photo of this owl. Very good point of view. What eyes she has!
Nice colours and composition.
Have a nice Saturday,

Hallo Jane,
what a beautiful capture of the Great Horned Owl taken from an excellent point of view, fine details and very beautiful natural colours, superb composition with a great intense eye contact
Best regards

Hi Jane,
Nice know about you again!
Wow!... What a eye contact with this impressive owl!...
You've shoted with the maximum focal lenght of your SX30IS?...
Well done,

hello Jane
super picture to find this one is a great moment i think!
great details and nice colours

greeting lou

Hello Jane,
What an fantastic image. I like the eye contact and the colors of the plumage is beautiful. Sitting against the green makes it just more visible and clear to see. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

Hallo Jane
Great to see a posting from you again, and what a great one too!
Not only is your subject great, but your photography too. The bright colours are superb, the details captured and seen beautiful and the position and pose of the bird just super. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-30 15:44]

Hi Jane,it's nice to see you again! Your bird are a legend for TN and this is another beautiful example.A magnificent owl taken from your usual point of view and whit a impressive sharpness and natural colors! Very well done,have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-07-31 1:56]

Hi Jane, it is pleasant to see your picture on TN after a long time.
Your capture of this Horned Owl with amazing big eyes is very nice. Beautiful pose on pretty tree, lovely eye contact and very nice natural colors. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hello Jane
Fantastic bird and beautiful photo with excellent composition and nice colours.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-08-01 2:12]

Hi, dear Jane.
I have missed your wonderful shot once again. Once more sorry.
Despite the difficult shooting conditions you managed to take perfectly exposed picture of the charming bird. Every tiny leaf and twig, every detail of the owl is reproduced precisely. I also like fine composition of the image and natural colours. Well done and TFS. Thanks also for nice words as a comment to my last post.
Yours Alexei.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-08-01 7:07]

Hello Jane,
First yes I dance with skunks and wolves, bears, elk ahhh dam any wildlife but don't tell Lucy. An another fine capture for your portfolio, this looks to be a young one and the sun was on his left side I believe. Thanks for the excellent work Jane.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-08-02 19:31]

Hello Jane,
Just got my computer back last night after having to send it out for repairs. Great shot of this wide awake owl who seems to be checking you out for taking his picture. A real beauty and nicely posed just for you and your camera. Well done!!
Not sure why, but it seems like the owls out in Arizona don't mind coming out in the daytime, where as we seldom see any here in Ohio until dark.

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