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Ural Owl - 600 photos


Ural Owl - 600 photos
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-10 12:27
Viewed: 2787
Points: 34
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New specie in my gallery


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Ural Owl (Strix uralensis) is a medium-large nocturnal owl of the genus Strix, with up to 15 subspecies found in Europe and northern Asia.
The Ural Owl is smaller than the Great Grey Owl, and much larger than the Tawny Owl, which it superficially resembles. Distinguishing features apart from the size are the pale, buffish grey-brown plumage, with copious dark brown streaking on the back, back of the head and underparts. It has a round head with plain buffish-grey facial discs, orange-yellow bill and small black eyes. The tail is long and wedge-shaped, with dark barring on the uppertail, and the wings are rounded. Flight is direct and purposeful, recalling that of the Common Buzzard. Sexes are similar, with no seasonal variation. Length can range 50 to 61 cm (20 to 24 in) and wingspan from 110 to 134 cm (43 to 53 in). Weight in males is 500–730 g (1.1–1.6 lb) and in females is 720–1,300 g (1.6–2.9 lb).
The Ural Owl has an extended distribution area in Europe and Asia, from Sakhalin, Japan and Korea in the east to Scandinavia in the west. The northern border is at approximately 65 degrees north latitude, and the southern border follows the southern delimitation of the taiga. There are relict populations in the mountains of central Europe belonging to the subspecies S. u. macroura. Birds in northeast Poland and Scandinavia belong to the subspecies S. u. liturata, and those in western Siberia to the nominate race S. u. uralensis.
The northern populations of the Ural Owl occupy similar habitat to the Great Grey Owl, nesting in lowland forests but avoiding dense areas, especially those of purely conifers. In central Europe it is an upland species, preferring deciduous woodland. It usually occupies open woodland and is more often found in moist rather than dry areas. It nests in hollow tree trunks, occasionally in old raptor nests, and increasingly in nestboxes. It normally lays two to four eggs, which hatch after 27–34 days. The young leave the nest after about four weeks, but will not fly until about six weeks old. It is a very aggressive owl, chasing other birds of prey from its territory, and it will attack human intruders, especially when young are present.
The Ural Owl feeds on rodents and medium-sized to large birds such as Jays and Willow Grouse, although normally only up to the size of a Woodpigeon. Its territorial call, which can carry up to two kilometres, is a soft, deep 'wo-ho….. woho uhwo-ho'. Birds also give unmistakable yapping ' wau - wau ' calls, which are delivered by both sexes.

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Great gift for all of us, this Ural owl for your 600 photos .. thanks Ravzan
sERGIO

Salut Razvan,
Felicitari pentru aceasta a 600-a imagine din galeria proprie, o captura bine surprinsa in lumina placuta si culori naturale. Contactul vizual este excelent si detaliile sunt bune. La cat mai multe! Felicitari!
Numai bine,
Mircea

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-10 12:43]

Hello Razvan,
Nice photo to celebrate this milestone. Beautiful natural colours. Pleasing frontal POV and centred composition.
Hope to see a lot more of your beauties.
Regards,
Peter

Ciao Razvan, congratulations for your 600th post on TN, great portarait of fascinating owl in the snow, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Razvan,
Great capture of a beautiful bird!!! Well done. TFS
Greetings.

Hallo Razvan,
double congratulations on your 600th post on TrekNature and first on your gallery; a very beautiful capture, very good sharpness, splendid lighting, very nice composition in a very beautiful environment
TFS
Have a good weekend
Maurizio

Hello Razvan! Congratulations for your 600 photos in TN. Impressive number!
Impressive photo too !! Interesting subject, very good composition, nice lighting and good sharpness.
Regards,
Christodoulos

Felicitari pentru postarea cu nr. 600. Este o colectie adevarata de imagini inedite despre speciile de pasari din Romania.
Frumoasa specie cu detalii bune si culori naturale cum ne-ai obisnuit.
Nu am avut ocazia inca sa intalnesc aceasta specie.
Numai bine!
Marius.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-02-10 22:48]

Hello Razvan,
Congratulations on 600 postings!
This is a fine capture of the Ural Owl to mark the occasion.
The POV in the snowy silver spruce is great and taken with excellent sharpness and natural colours.
I look forward to seeing many more from you!
Thanks and have a good weekend,
Ivan

Hello Razvan,
A fabulous image of the owl.
Standing/maybe sitting on a branch, snow surrounded and watch with eyes half open.
Lovely.
Ike

Ciao Razvan.
Un capolavoro di foto per festeggiare le tue 600 foto. Molto bella , di questo Allocco,in una cornice naturale con splendidi colori,e ottima nitidezza,grande la composizione.Complimenti e auguri altre 1……………………………………………………………………Foto
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-02-11 4:34]

Hi Razvan,
Lovely photo. Nice natural colours and perfect details.
Congratulations for your 600th photo,really great gallery.
Regards Jiri.

Salut Razvan,
Congratulations.Wonderful post to celebrate. Perfect composition,great colors and light.
Thank You
Best regards
J.Diogo

hello Razvan
congratulation with your 600th post on TN
this is a very nice composition with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Razvan,
congratulations for your 600th photos!
Great anniversary.
Interesting owl. Very good point of view.
Have a nice weekend,
Maciek

GReat shot Razvan, I'm a bit jealous.
Tho to comment, the snow seems a bit burned out ;)

TFS
J

congratulations Razvan, thanks for this great collection!
this composition is wonderful with a great performance photo!
regards Nasos

Hello Razvan,
A Perfect winter capture of the Ural Owl. Congratulations on your 600th upload, well done my friend!! Beautiful detail and splendid colours exposed on your photograph. Excellent work.
Best regards,
Carl

hello Razvan!

he he, looking at Your collection must say, that there isn't easy to get new specie so it must be celebration for You!

Well done shot in beautiful natural winter enviroinment

Congratulations!
Jacek

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