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Spotted Owlet

Spotted Owlet
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-16 4:41
Viewed: 4441
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Spotted Owlet (Athene brama) is an owl which breeds in tropical Asia from India to Southeast Asia. This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping is the barn owls, Tytonidae.
Spotted Owlet is a common resident bird in open habitats including farmland and human habitation. It nests in a hole in a tree or building, laying 3-5 eggs.
The Spotted Owlet is small (21cm) and stocky. The upperparts are grey-brown, heavily spotted with white. The underparts are white, streaked with brown. The facial disc is pale and the eyes are yellow. There is a white neckband. Sexes are similar. The flight is deeply undulating.
This species is nocturnal but is sometimes seen in the day. It can often be located by the small birds that mob it while it is perched in a tree. It hunts a variety of insects and small vertebrates. The call is a harsh chirurr-chirurr-chirurr.

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What a lovely couple! You were lucy to see them and to capture them so nicely! I like this composition, exposure and details. They are beautiful creatures. Thanks,

Hi Tom
What a cool looking guys you have here :) Well presented and composed shot.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-16 5:08]

Hi Tom.
Very nice portrait of this pair of Owlets, some fine detail and a very nice composition in this natural seeting, i like it, well done!

Hi Tom
Wonderful capture
Nice natural color
Fine detail
Great catchlite
tfs jon

Joli cadre pour ces deux chouettes.
Bonne journée.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2008-01-16 7:14]

Hi Tom,
another Athene after the burrowing owl this morning. This group of owls is really fantastic.
You made a fine picture of the owls . Great work,

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  • Frieda (4)
  • [2008-01-16 7:42]

Hello Tom.
You take a very nice and clear photo!
TFS. Frieda.

Hello Tom,
Superb contents; beautiful owls you photographed here.

Hello Tom,
I am pleasure to fallow your trip to India. This second capture of lovely owls great. Nicely composed. Focus also nice. TFS, well done

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-16 15:35]

Hello Tom
Very nice presentation.Good POV and sharp image.Nice detail and well composed.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-16 17:45]

Hi Tom,

What a lovely shot of the 2 spotted owlets, they seem waiting to be picked up. Very nice eye contact and great natural colours. Congratulations!


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-17 0:23]

Hello Tom,
beautiful capture of this cute pair, great clear shot and details, nice composition
regards, Dejan

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-01-17 3:02]

Hello Tom,

wonderful shot, very natural and great details. POV, DOF and compo are good.



hi tom,

superbe composition.very fine details on the owlets.TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-17 9:11]

Hello Tom,
Excellent photo. Perfect composition with a very good POV and DOF. Great sharp focus and beautiful natural colours.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-18 5:21]

Hello Tom,
Wonderful image with great details and colors coming from your camera work. Superb composition with this pair in thier nesting hole. Great work Tom and thanks for sharing.

Hi Tom

Nicely composed picture! That must be a powerful flash that you use! I have posted pictures of almost certainly the same owls from near the Kisli gate :).

TFS, since its nice to see them again!


Dear Tom,

Your Spotted Owlets look very cosy - and I wonder - if this is a case of a hole vacated by an earlier tenant.

Apparently some hole-dwelling birds alter an old home to suit their own requirements, by partly filling in the entrance hole with mud to make it smaller.

You obviously had a ball in the Kanha NP - and I wish - we had gone there.

The small owls are "usually the second tenant" - in the long queue of changing tenants - "starlings, the slum dwellers of the bird world are usually the final occupants of a nest".

For a "blind man" you are not doing badly spotting 21 cm tall/small owls.

I like very much the story of Athene (in Greek Mythology) and the owls... no doubt - there is something hypnotising about their eyes.

Filling the whole frame with the tree is perfect, and the layout forces the view back to these feathery balls.

A perfect scene - perfectly presented.

Have a nice evening
Kind regards

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