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Owl and blue sky

Owl and blue sky
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Copyright: Hernan Tolosa (saguzar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1095 W: 72 N: 1394] (7202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Zenith 12 XP, Tair 300mm
Exposure: f/22, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Owls all over the world, Birds of Argentina [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-31 16:22
Viewed: 5565
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cunicularia Athene.

VULGAR NAMES: Lechuza de las Vizcacheras, Lechucita Pampa, Lechuza de Campo (Argentina), coruja do campo (Brasil), Pequén (mapuche), burrowing owl (english).

Immovable and letter, perchingin a post, fixed the great eyes, therefore is seen this owl. Its denomination "cunicularia" species, means in Latin "that digs mines or tunnels". Because it´s this way as it constructs his nest: in underground caves. It does in opened places, but choosing the protection of some tree or shrub. It will choose for it a land with slope to avoid that the rainwater floods it. Of all ways if the luck accompanies, it will use some left cave done by another animal that saved the work to him. The owl does not flee from the man but who, on the contrary, adapts with facility to his presence. Commonly it constructs to its caves in the flanks of the cultivated fields or on the brink of madness the ways; when the plow blocks its entrance, it constructs another cave in the edges of the field. Often the man usually attacks owls by the irrationality specially that to him the superstitions cause. Those slaughters become in his against because the environmental balance is altered risky since these birds consume insects and other animals detrimental for the cultures and in special because in his diet they include to the rodents related to bad the hemorragic fever or of the strubbles, that are an endemic disease in our country. In addition its diet is composed by birds, scorpions, amphibians, crabs, small lizards, and snakes. Their natural predators are the ferret, weasels,felines and foxes; in addition to the man... Surely you are going to have visual contact with some of them. And with binoculars, you are going to be able to enjoy that deep and direct glance that leaves from their great eyes. These like ours, they are placed in the front. Therefore its vision is binocular and it allows a sharpened perception him of the distances. They count on numerous photosensitive cells and pupils with a great angle of fragmentation, elements that allow him to distinguish objects although the light are very tenuous. Its complement is the perfected auditory sense. They can perceive sounds of very low intensity that allow to detect the presence them of their small prey. The dense layer of pens that covers its flat face, operates like a species of receiving screen that helps to that the sounds end at the ears.

text in spanish: http://www.avesdelapatagonia.com.ar/lechuzatx1.htm

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-31 17:15]

Hi Hernan
This owl does not seem to be burrowing on the moment; instead it rather looks like it is enjoying the freedom of that wide open blue sky.
Nice capture and presented well. Composition, colours, DOF, and exposure are all fine.
Very well done and TFS.

PS. Thanks for the honor of your favourite selection.

Hi Hernan,
Very nice shot on this Burrowing Owl. Bright sunlight, but you did a great job on the exposure. Beautiful colors and nice detail. Great blue sky!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-04-01 3:52]

Bonjour Hernan

Bonne capture,l'éclairage et les détails sont bons.

Merci pour l'envoie!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-01 14:08]

Hello Hernan!
Very nice capture.I liked POV,eye contact and composition a lot.

Hello Hernan!
Lovely capture.POV,expression on face and simple BG are wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Hernan!
Nice post! I like the owl! The colours are beautiful and so is the sharpness. It´s a pity you miss the eyes. But´s daylight! Anyway the owl needs sunglasses!
I will try something on PS. Let´s see the results on a workshop.

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2006-04-06 9:01]
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I admire those birds and you take very beautiful pictures of them. The composition and the background (sky) color of this one is just perfect.
Best regards,

Hello Hernan,
Very nice shot! I think the blue BGs always look great, but I guess some postprocessing have been done on this one. Anyway, the owl is captured in a very nice pose and with a good POV.

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