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Eagle Owl

Eagle Owl
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Sigma DG 150-500 mm APO HSM OS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-25 19:50
Viewed: 2910
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another one of those special moments you can see in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
If you look carefully you can see the owl is sitting on a ground squirrel he hs just caught.

Bubo lacteus (Verreaux's eagle-owl, Giant eagle owl)

Distribution and habitat
Occurs in sub-Saharan Africa, excluding lowland equatorial forest. In southern Africa it is locally common in northern and central Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and northern South Africa. It generally prefers arid savanna and woodland, especially riverine forest, occasionally moving into open areas such as grassland.

Its diet consists of a wide variety of animals, most of which are vertebrates such as mammals and birds. It usually hunts at night, sitting on a perch in the open and searching for prey. Once it spots something it rapidly glides down to the ground, attempting to grab the prey item with its talons. If it fails to catch anything, it often stays on the ground, trying to flush the animal out of its hiding place. It is extremely agile on the wing, and can actually catch small birds in flight!

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Hello Pater,
Fantastic eagle owl. Proud of the attitude of the conqueror. Great photo.

wonderful species. taken with all perfection.

Hi Peter,

A very special moment indeed, looking majestic and very proud of his catch, wonderful capture and well done,
Congratulations Peter and have a nice day,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-05-26 4:04]

Hello Peter,
superb view in excellent sharpness and clarity. The feathers are so lively in nice pattern.
I like its pose.
Good light that offers such an effective presentation.


Hi Peter,
Perfect timing with this bird and its capture.Razor sharpness and well exposed with good details.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-05-26 9:02]

Hi Peter,

What a gigantic owl. And its proud, everyone can see that. Great expressive shot.


Hello Peter !
Nice pic ! You are lucky to take this pic! Nice lightness and fine details. I love also the elegant BG in "ton-sur-ton".Well done!
Best wishes from,

Hi Peter,
very nice bird. Great point of view. Excellent sharpness. Amazing natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Peter!
Really a fine catch from both of you. Its a most beautiful bird in its own way.
You have cropped it well to focus on whats important!
Well done!

the light was tough, but what a moment!!
Well done


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-05-27 4:34]

Hello Peter,
An excellent document and a striking picture. Poor ground squirrel, which I probably wouln't have sen without your note. Natural and well presented shot.
Thanks a lot.
Kind regards

Bonjour Peter,
La lumière me parait excessive ou du moins le sujet manque de contraste mais il est tout de même relativement bien valorisé.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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