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Pulsastrix perspicillata Spectacled Owl


Pulsastrix perspicillata  Spectacled Owl
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Copyright: britta doell (briddl) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 2 N: 15] (76)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: OLYMPUS E410, Olympus DIGITAL 17.5-45mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-28 5:56
Viewed: 4227
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This nice owl lives at a sanctuary for birds in Walsrode, northern Germany. The sanctuary shows a huge variety of birds and is said to be the biggest of its kind worldwide. Many birds are bred there in order to keep up a high population and / or return them to the wild.

As the bird was sitting on a trunk of a birch somewhere above my head I only got the face of the owl from this angle. I like the shot, though.

Some information about spectacled owls from wikipedia.org:

The Spectacled Owl, Pulsatrix perspicillata, is a large tropical owl. It is a resident breeder from southern Mexico and Trinidad south to southern Brazil, Paraguay and northwestern Argentina. There are six subspecies.

This is a nocturnal species of mature forests. It nests in an unlined tree cavity, laying two white eggs. It preys on mammals and large insects, and will also take birds, including smaller owls.

The Spectacled Owl is 46 cm long and weighs 850 g. It is unmistakable with brown upperparts, head and upper breast, white facial markings and buff underparts. The eyes are yellow and the bill is pale. The juvenile is even more distinctive than the adult, being completely white apart from a chocolate brown facial disc.

The call is a deep hooting BOO Boo boo boo boo becoming softer and faster.

I hope you like this shot. I'm looking forward to your critiques and / or workshops.
Regards, Britta


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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-07-28 7:08]

Quite a picture! Nice job with the whites -- feather details are very good. Gary

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