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Burrowing owl

Burrowing owl
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Copyright: Jose Augusto L Hauer (zeca) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi, Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD Macro, S&K Polarizer 55mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Brazil, Owls all over the world, Birds in Brazil 2, BIRDS OF AMERICA, Nice Birds, Birds / Aves, Birds of South America, Owl view [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-19 22:00
Viewed: 4621
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Burrowing owls, "Athene cunicularia", are very common owls, but like all its cousins, they are always nice to watch. They nest in burrows, where they like to stay close to take care.

I was driving on the unpaved road to Tamanduá, Paraná, southern Brazil, when I found this cute one standing over the fence stage. I´ve got out the car to start playing and getting closer. This is the last picture, just before another car came to spoil my amusement...

Something I copy from my cousing Fabiano (fchede) to tell about it:

A small ground-dwelling Owl with a round head and no ear tufts. Length 21.6-28 cm (8.5-11 inches) Burrowing owls generally active at dusk and dawn, but sometimes at night also. They are highly terrestrial, and are often seen perched on a mound of dirt, telegraph or fence post - frequently on one foot. They feed on a wide variety of prey, changing food habits as location and time of year determine availability. Large arthropods, mainly beetles and grasshoppers, comprise a large portion of their diet. Small mammals, especially mice, rats, gophers, and ground squirrels, are also important food items. Burrowing Owls nest underground in abandoned burrows dug by mammals or if soil conditions allow they will dig their own burrows. They will also use man made nest boxes placed underground.

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To claudine: answerszeca 1 03-23 10:26
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Olá Zeca

Linda foto desta coruja numa composição simples e agradável.
As cores são ótimas, bom contraste e atenção principal é claro, para os "grandes olhos" amarelados e brilhantes. Parabéns!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-03-19 22:36]

Hola Primo! WOW. Que hermosos los ojos de este bello Buho. Me agrada la pose, y tal parece estar muy atento a tu camara. Me agrada mucho.

Hi Jose,
Great shot on this Burrowing Owl. Spot on exposure has rendered great colors and detail in the plumage. Great frame filling composition and pose. Looks great!

Hello Jose,
A brilliant picture. Those brilliant eyes are just irresistible. Great sharpness and color contrast. Very well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-20 2:37]

A funny pose for this burrowing owl, Jose.
He is leaning so far to one side, he looks kind of drunk. : )
Beautiful colors on him. I love those bronze feathers.
Great POV and composition and sharp details.
TFS. : )

Hello Zeca,
Excellent sharpness and rich colours!
Well composed image, shot from a good point of view...
Pleasant close-up work!
Pablo -

Ola Jose,
Very nice photo! I really like the composition of this photo. The colours and sharpness are also good. Nicely done!


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-03-20 3:37]

Hello Jose,

The eyes are extraordinarily, also the colours and the feathers are from high quality, the pose is very well!

Best regards,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-03-20 3:41]

Hi Jose,
The pose is very good. I liked the composition and exposure handling. TFS

Nice image, the owl is in a good pose, and uses the space in the frame well. I think I'd be tempted to pull the curves up a little in PS though as it looks just a shade dark to me.

Hi , strange posture against to gravity :) , good photo , TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-20 12:19]

Hello Jose,
Wonderful shot.I liked sharpness,saturated colors,eye contact and framing a lot.

Hi Jose

A very nice shot. Excellent eye contact. TFS.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-22 12:47]

A charming capture, with a delightful pose. I love the way they bob their heads from side to side to get a sense of depth percetioj

Hello Jose,
What a nice bird that you captured in a very nice and funny pose. He's looking right at you with those amazing eyes. Exposure, POV and composition are very good. I wonder 2 things though, is it the real background and did you used a noise reduction on the bird? Well seen and thanks!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-04-13 13:42]

Very good picture Jose ! I like the attitude of the bird, the sharpness and the colors. Great job, thanks,


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