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Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-14 21:15
Viewed: 3636
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Done in Tommy Thomson Park – Lake Ontario
This is one of my biggest miss. I was taking pictures of this Owl trying to get a better view between the branches, when suddenly the big bird decided to scare me away by flying right toward my camera. Unfortunately I was not on continuous auto focus and the next 5 pictures (fool frame with open wings etc…) are completely out of focus.

Great Horned Owl
Bubo virginianus Order STRIGIFORMES - Family STRIGIDAE
Other Names
Grand-duc d'Amérique (French)
Búsho cornudo (Spanish)

Found from the Arctic tundra to the tropical rainforest, from the desert to suburban backyards, the Great Horned Owl is one of the most widespread and common owls in North America.

Large owl.
Prominent ear tufts widely spaced on head.
Size: 46-63 cm (18-25 in)
Wingspan: 101-145 cm (40-57 in)
Weight: 910-2500 g (32.12-88.25 ounces)

Cool Facts
-The Great Horned Owl is the only animal that regularly eats skunks.
-The Great Horned Owl will take large prey, even other raptorial birds. It regularly kills and eats other owls, and is an important predator on nestling Ospreys. The reintroduction of Peregrine Falcons has been hampered in some areas by owls killing both adult and nestling falcons.
(from "All About Birds")

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Hi Mario,
a very fine capture of the Great Horned Owl.
You managed to get a good action shot of the attacking bird.
Good sharpness with fine details, the eyes are really amazing.
I like the pose and POV here and the composition too.
Well done.
Have a nice weekend,

  • Great 
  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-11-14 23:09]

fantastic Mario,
the llking owl is a fantastic photo, good capture, fine eye contact a marvelous job, I likem it, have a nice weekend.
regard jaap

  • Great 
  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-14 23:36]

hi Mario,
yes, this is great and rare behavior of the owl, great scene and liked the piercing look of the threatening owl. this may be a lesson for you and next time you will ready for these kind of surprises. tfs.

Hello Mario,
Too bad for the other shots but this was is great, fantasic action, beautiful vivid colors, those ayes are amazing.

Hi Mario,
At least you got one very good picture. This has nice POV and composition, sharp details, excellent stare, good colours and BG.

Hello Mario

A wonderful capture of this owl.
It looks like you are about to get dive bombed.
Wonderful eye detail.
The colours are vibrant.
Lovely sharpnes.
Great job


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