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Horned Owl

Horned Owl
Photo Information
Copyright: Adam Hays (Adam73) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-30 16:07
Viewed: 5190
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken in a Zoo but still a great Bird.


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.

In summary, four good field marks for the great horned owl are: size, eye color, ear tufts and the white collar.

source: http://www.desertusa.com/mag00/jan/papr/ghowl.html

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Hi Adam,
Great portrait on the Great Horned Owl. The exposure looks to be perfect. Beautiful colors and tack sharp detail. Nice backround really shows him well. Excellent!

Very good portrait of this great Horned. Perfect sharpness and light
Best regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-31 2:17]

Fantastic capture of this great horned owl, Adam. : )
Taking pictures of animals in a zoo is not as easy as it seems,
especially when you try to get close-ups or action shots.
There are a different set of challenges to taking shots in the wild, but there are definitely challenges.
You did a great job on this one. You captured an intimate portrait that conveys the "personality" of the animal, with sharp details, perfect exposure, and excellent DOF.
TFS. : )

Hi Adam,
Nice close up picture of an owl. Sharp with nice details. Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-31 5:27]

Hello Adam,
Magnificent portrait.POV,colors,sharpness,details,dark BG,contrast,expression on face and composition are wonderful.
Excellent work!

Wonderful photo, brilliant composition and POV! TFS - Xplorator Radu

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-07-31 12:54]

Hi Adam

Great Head shot of this striking Owl, the feathers are lovely and sharp and the colours are excellent too.

Regards Hilary

Hi Adam,
Great photo with a super pose and beautiful colors and details. The eyes of the owl seem to get my attention everytime I see one posted. Yours are superb.

Hi Adam

Congratulations on a very well composed shot. Excellent clear details, perfect POV and good depth of colour. Top quality work. :-)

Hi Adam
Excellent portrait, the detail is sharp and the focus is perfect. Wonderful capture.TFS


This is actually a Eurasian Eagle Owl, Bubo bubo. . .but is a magnificent capture nonetheless of this amazingly large bird, which is very closely related to our Great-horned Owl, Bubo virginianus. :)


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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-03-22 22:55]

Hi Adam,
Bravo for this fantastic photo. The close-up, the colors are perfect et what can I say about details? Wonderful photo. You are an excellent photograher.

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