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Ahead, Left, Right Hey what about Behind

Ahead, Left, Right Hey what about Behind
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Bunches [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-24 5:44
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Hi all, another posting with these guys, I'll stop soon, sorry I haven't gotten out of late as I'm a tad ill, so I been sleeping when I can. So your getting left overs.
Burrowing Owl
Athene cunicularia

General Description

By Nora Bryan

This endangered owl is just "hanging on" on the northern limits of its range in southeastern Alberta. These small owls wing south for winter, as far as Texas or Mexico, and possibly farther.

The Burrowing Owl is a specialist of the open plains. Flat stretches of lightly grazed short grass prairie, undisturbed by human activity and unpolluted by pesticide residue are necessary for this gregarious owl's success. It can be spotted in daylight standing on a mound near its nest entrance or on a fence post as it prepares for an evening hunt.

In the daytime, these long-legged owls run about the nest site snatching up insects such as grasshoppers and dung beetles that abound in the short grass prairie. At night, the adults take to wing, cruising silently for mice and voles.

The burrowing owl doesn't actually dig out it's own burrow but rather nests in abandoned ground squirrel or badger burrows. A bit of refurbishment is done by a pair -- digging dirt and flinging it out of the burrow with their feet. The nest is fashioned from a bit of dried vegetation or some dried cattle manure at the end of the burrow. Six to ten white eggs are laid. The owlets can protect themselves in the burrow by making alarm calls that sound like a riled up rattlesnake. At about six weeks old, the young owls are fledged.

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hello Rick,

amazing group portrait! good colors, fine light, well composed. take my compliments!


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-24 6:20]

Hi Rick

No matter how many times or how old these are...they are still terrific!
Sorry to here you're not feeling well! Get well soon!
The poses of these little fellows here are again fantastic and you've captured them very well!
The exposure is spot-on and the sharpness on all of them is great!
Excellent work with the DOF, too and charming colors as well!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-04-24 7:23]

Hi Rick,
I agree in all respects with Horia....and keep on posting nice pix like this.
Great moment and company.
Regards, Jacob

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-24 7:50]

Hi Rick,
Absolutely nice photo that shows to me what I never will see.
TFS, José M.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-24 8:03]

Hi Rick.
What a cute group you have pictured and have done it skillfully. I like the very impressive low POV, beautiful surroundings, amazing colour palette and precise DOF. Wonderful sweet picture. My congratulations and TFS.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-04-24 8:38]

wow what a bunch of pretty owls.Love the eyes..they are cute never get bored of seeing them.Its nice you capture group.TFS!

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2007-04-24 9:30]

Hi Rick
excellent image, very funny faces, great moment!
TFS, Dan

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-24 10:19]

Hi Rick

Hope you are feeling better!

Great shot - great forms and colour - the eyes are amazing. Great Composition and DOF.

I would have loved to have seen this.



Hi Rick,
Too crazy image! What an opportunity...
It is funny..it is content...it is quality ...it is the decisive moment...
Hope you are okay...

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-24 10:30]

Hola Rick,
simpática familia,
bello pov,
y excelentes colores y detalles,
divertida imagen.... saludos

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-24 10:58]

Hi Rick,

Hope you are feeling better!

Leftovers? This is amazing. I was thrilled when I found one owl and you have five! Each one is beautiful and sharp and all of those yellow eyes! Beautiful against the green bg.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-04-24 11:11]

Hi Rick
What a nice capture , very sharp image with excellent POV.Amazing colors and beautiful eye's reflection.Very good composition.

This bunch was and is priceless! Five birds eight eyes eh! And they are all open! Well done! Tfs, J.

PS Hope *U* feel better soon!

Hello Rick
What wonderful shot of these Owls,
Excellent compo and sharpness,
Great POV and BG, Superb shot.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-04-24 12:06]

Nice photo Rick, wonderful collors and very sharp image of this family of Burrowing Owl, very good indeed, have a nice day..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-24 12:34]

Nice one, Rick!
At least as good as the others you posted of this species. Hope you get well soon.
TFS and best wishes,

Magnifique, superbe, POV extra et belle composition.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-04-24 13:56]

Hi Rick,
This is a very nice group of owls. I like that 2 of them are looking in a very differtent direction.
Nice low pov and good focus and sharpness.
Hope you will feel better soon.

Hi Rick.

A truly great picture! Great discovery! Very funny and description!


hi again, great family group shot, TFS Ori

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-04-24 16:03]

Hi Rick,

well you better hurry up and get well because i need my fix of Canadian wildlife! Nothing more to add to whats already been said except - absolutely fantastic, i never tire of seeing these guys!

Get well soon,


Hi Rick,
it is a drag that you are not all that chipper as of late.Leftovers? No way man ,these owls are a fresh course of eye candy.That said,this photo is simply superb and there really is not anything I see that could be improved ,so well done and Tfs. Bob

Well I for one don't mind seeing them again. They are wonderful. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Evelynn : )

Hi Rick
Oh..... you must have had a great day photographing these little cuties. Each one has it's own unique look. What a great portrait of these Burrowing Owls. Colours, lighting and detail are all fine.
TFS Janice

bonjour Rick

quellle belle composition, photo amusante
et d'une netteté impécable

j'aimes surtout les regards de ces deux hiboux
des deux extrémités qui ont leurs yeux jaunes grand ouvert
je trouve vraiment drôle le regard de ces deux-là

merci pour le partage de cette belle photo

Hiya Rick,

Wonderful! I love the Colours and multiple eye contact you have captured here! Great POV and such a wonderful natural setting with them all grouped together!

Oh and I love left overs, and it appears that most of our TN friends do too :)

Take care of yourself.


Hi dear Rick ,
very nice shot . lovely mood.
great sharpness and good light.
well captured
thanks for sharing

Hello Rick , you're very lucky to see this lovely chicks , very good photo , TFS.

Hello Rick!
Great composition with very good DOF and colours. I like also a note :)
TFS and best greetings,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-25 14:22]

Hi Rick,
I ope you feeling better today, must be a drag specially now that the weather is turning better. Quite the bunch, seem to be a bid curious no wonder with those big eyes.
Interesting shot, the nest is quite low to the ground I imagined they high on top of a tree.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-26 3:14]

I love this scene, Rick!
What a fantastic capture. The composition is just wonderful.
Three of them are staring straight at you, and the other two are at 90 degrees left and right. How did you manage that?
I was never able to get my two kids to cooperate on a shot!!!
Fine details and beautiful colors.
Gotta love those big yellow eyes.
TFS, and I hope you are feeling better. : )

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-26 23:05]

Hello Rick

A super shot of this group.The composition is wonderful.The colour saturation is great,and the lighting is very well handled.TFS


Salut Rick,

They really are too much...

This is a precious capture; probably you’re best of them so far. I see 8 eyes for 5 animals :-) This is a wonderful capture with great notes. Long life to those little ones!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-04 6:07]

Hi Rick,
I have missed this one while I was away. It is simply Great! They look so cute, your photo makes me want to hug them all :o)) TFS

hello rick!
congrat to a very beautiful
picture with great quality
and with nice lightning!
it goes to my favs!

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-06-15 20:28]

Hello Rick,
They're so cute, Great colors, details and wonderfull subject. TFS

Thanks for the update, Rick. This pic is a little sharper than your other one, with excellent colors and contrast. It's a disappointing observation that they aren't back this year in the same spot. We are witnessing extinction in progress, I fear.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-24 14:59]

Hi Rick
fantastic group capture, all in great pose and caught with a great sharpness
beautiful pic

Hi Rick,
These little owls are so cute. I like the way they are posing for you. Their beautiful yellow eyes are beaming. Lovely composition and nicely captured!

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