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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-01 3:33
Viewed: 4417
Points: 34
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Yesterday I met a Dutch Falkner. He had this marvelous eagle owl. I hope you like this beautiful bird too.

Eurasian Eagle Owl

The Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) is a species of horned owl resident in much of Europe and Asia.

The Eagle Owl is a very large and powerful bird, but despite its name it is generally smaller than for instance the Golden Eagle. It is the largest species of owl with a wingspan of up to 200 cm. Adults can weigh in excess of 4 kg, in comparison the common Barn Owl weighs about 500 g. It mainly feeds on small mammals but will take prey up to the size of foxes and young deer. It will also take many other birds including other birds of prey.

It is largely nocturnal and is found in mountains and forests with cliffs and rocky areas. It usually nests on cliff ledges. They live for around 20 years although like many other bird species in captivity they can live much longer, perhaps up to 60 years.

The calls of the Eagle Owl is a deep resonant “ooh-hu” with emphasis on the first syllable for the male, and a more high-pitched uh-Hu for the female. A recent study has shown that these calls are easily individualized. It means that each member of an Eagle Owl population can be individually identified by means of its vocalizations .

The size, ear tufts and orange eyes make this a very distinctive species. It has a strong direct flight.

The horned owls are a part of the larger grouping of owls known as the typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping is the barn owls, Tytonidae.

The Eagle Owl is not naturally resident in England, but (ref. a BBC TV program) a pair have been breeding for several years in a valley in Ministry of Defence land in North Yorkshire. There is some debate as to whether these birds are escapees or whether they have arrived naturally from the continent which would only be a relatively short journey. At the time the program was made, they had reared 20 young to independence, and they had 3 young in the nest. Nothing was known of what happened to those 20 young, except that one of them electrocuted itself on power lines in Shropshire

The difference between the male and female is very recognisable as the male's ear tufts are more upright than the female's, while hers are usually drooping down.

The Eagle Owl's scientific name comes from its deep booming call. The word "bubo," based on the call, has referred to owls, particularly the Eagle Owl, since the dark ages, and is mentioned in Middle English bestiaries.

Infos from www.wikipedia.com

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-01 3:36]

hello Heinz,
You were so lucky to have had a chance to get so close to this gorgeous bird. He is absolutely magnificent, and you captured him in all its beauty, with sharp details, perfect exposure, and beautiful colors.
TFS. : )

Beautifull photo. He is looking a little bit angry :-)

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-10-01 3:42]
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Guten Morgen Heinz, bist du auch ein Frühaufsther?
Ein sehr beeindruckender Ausdruck. Die schärfe des Blicks und deines Bildes stimmen gut miteinander überein.
Wie nah war die Linse vom Schnabel entfernt?
Einen schönen Tag noch, Peter

Hallo Heinz,
die schaut aber recht kritisch!
Aber sie ist phaszinierend. Diese Vögel sind schon was besonderes, dieser hier wirkt mit seinen Ohren und riesigen Augen fast ein wenig katzenhaft. Da hattest Du ein tolles Erlebnis.
Schönen Sonntag - hier regnet es, bäääää!
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-10-01 4:13]

Hi Heinz,
Dieser Bubo bubo könnte wohl die Rolle des Gross Inquisitors übernehmen! Faszinierendes Bild von diesem Vogel.

Hi Heinz,
Beautiful owl, nice shot the owl has intense eyes,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-01 5:09]

Wise Old Owl! How wonderful for you to be able to get this close to it and photograph it.
Excellent capture, well done,

hello Heinz,
Nice portrait of the Eurasian Eagle Owl. I made several myself.
Here...nice details in plumage.
A bit distracting BG but nevertheless overall well done pic.

Hi Heinz,
Wow, what a look! He seems a little disturbed :-) The details and POV are really nice! I like these orange eyes. This is a very good portrait. Thanks!


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-01 9:48]

Hi Heinz,

Wonderful portrait shot, with a lovely composition, I like the pose as the looks like he has his eye on something and he doesen't look too pleased, the detail is so sharp and clean and the colours are perfect.

TFS Hilary :o)

Great shot! Brillantly captured. He looks like me in the morning, after a night out! ;-) The picture is technically flawless, and the subject is very photogenic... You made a perfect shot! TFS

Bonsoir Heinz
C'est une superbe photo en portrait que ce Joli hibou avec ses yeux qui en imposent.Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.
Bravo et merci...JP

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-02 1:38]

Hello Heinz!

This is fantastic portrait my friend! I love eyes and face of this owl. Without those strange feathers it looks like eagle indeed. Excellent post.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-10-03 1:26]

Wooow ! Great portrait but I don't like how he looks at me ;-) Seriously his expression is impressive and superb. Exposure, sharpness and DOF are very good. Great details in feathers.
Bravo mon Ami !

feiertag sei dank habe ich endlich mal wieder ein bisschen
mehr zeit für die TrekSites und kann ein bisschen nachholen,
sonst hätte ich ja beinahe diese tolle eulen-porträt von dir
verpasst, heinz! :-)
schön scharf erwischt, mit tollen details wie den buschigen
federohren und einem einmaligen nachdenklichen und kritischen blick.
hattest du ihn auch mal auf den arm halten dürfen?
alles gute & einen schönen tag, thorsten.

Hi Heinz

I appear to have missed some of your wonderful shots. Just catching up. This is brilliant. Awesome eyes. The clarity it perfect. Thank you!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-10-10 7:31]

What a look it gives you..Fantastic shot!!TFS!!

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