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Scops-Owl


Scops-Owl
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Copyright: Eyal Bartov (bartove) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 178 W: 1 N: 588] (7772)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon EF100-400 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-21 12:15
Viewed: 3768
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This bird breeds in southern Europe eastwards into western and central Asia. It is migratory, wintering in southernmost Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. It is rare any distance north of its breeding range, usually occurring as a spring overshoot. It is unlikely that this nocturnal owl would be found outside the breeding season when it is not calling.

It breeds in open woodland, parks and gardens. It lays 3-6 eggs in a tree hole. This is a small owl, and at 19-21 cm length and a 47-54 cm wingspan is not as large as the Little Owl. It takes small prey such as insects and other invertebrates. It is largely nocturnal.

The Scops Owl perches upright and shows small ear tufts. It is predominantly grey-brown in colour, with paler face, underparts and shoulder line. This species has a strong direct flight on long narrow wings, reflecting its migratory habits. The call is a deep whistle given by both sexes. It is similar to the call of the Midwife Toad.

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great portrait, dahs Ori

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-03-21 22:22]

Hello Eyal,

This Owl has a funny face. It might be becouse of it's eyes as one is wide open while the other only in part. It looks like it was joking with you.

The bird is very well shown as the image is sharp and plumage pattern can be well observed. You have made very good use of the soft light you have had. Therefore colors are well sturated and looks natural.

Thank you for sharing,
Cristian

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