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The Great Gray Owl

The Great Gray Owl
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Great Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-27 0:55
Viewed: 5373
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the World's largest Owls, the Great Gray Owl is dark grey overall interspersed with bars and flecks of light grey and white. When perched, they appear very bulky because of their dense, fluffy plumage, long wings extending past the body, a relatively long tail, and a large head. The size of the head, and the prominent facial disk make the yellow eyes appear small. A noticeable white "moustache" strip is under the facial disk, broken by a black "bow-tie". The feet are heavily feathered and remain hidden from view. The Great Gray Owl is a ponderous flier, does not often move more than short distances between perches and seldom glides. They fly close to the ground, usually less than 6 metres (20 feet) up, except when flying to a nest.
The Great Gray Owl thermoregulates by roosting in dense cover. When hot, a Great Gray Owl will pant and droop its wings to expose an unfeathered area (apterid) under the wing.

Size: Length 61-84cm (24-33") average 72cm (28") for females, 69cm (27") for males
Wingspan up to 152cm (60") average 142cm (56") for female, 140cm (55") for males
Weight 790-1454g (28-51oz) average 1,390g (49oz) for females, 1,290g (45½oz) for males.
When you want to read farther with is great note you can go to this side, its realy great.here

This one was took in Rotterdam Zoo. I have zoomed it in an I hope you like it.

jhm, PDP, JeanMichel, red45, Janice, marhowie, Callie, gerhardt, ninadev, Leace, Signal-Womb, Luc, Jeppe has marked this note useful
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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-01-27 2:28]

Goede morgen Jaap, een prachtig exemplaar de grijze Uil, spijtig genoeg moeten wij naar de dierentuin om deze mooie vogels nog te zien.
Prachtig hoe u deze heeft kunnen fotograferen, het wit rond zijn ogen uitlopen in zijn baard, het is absoluut mooi Jaap.
Alleen spijtig van het fel wit gedeelte in de rechter bovenhoek, maar ik zou het niet beter kunnen.

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-01-27 2:47]

Ha ha ha, his face is comical to me, I'm not sure why. He does look a little startled. Very nice work Jaap, the face is very interesting especially with that far away look in his eyes. Maybe it is a bit underexposed, but still very good.

What a beauty.. he looks so sad. I love Blijdorp too, can spend hours just walking around.


She is so pretty... Just like a toy. I would like to cuddle her :-) But... maybe she has her own view on tenderness ;-)

He looks like he's worried about something Jaap. Nevertheless, still a very nice image and well done

If he/she's out of work, a job of hypnotizer would suit him/her vey well. The eyes make it here, Jaap. 5 minutes and you're ready for a good night! You've catched the eyesight perfectly and your tight framing works very well. Feathers look a bit soft, but I guess it's their natural texture. Very good owl portrait you did here.

Very good portrait, but we can see the cage behind. I could be a bit more sharp.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-27 4:13]

Great portrait, great eyes, great bird. But as Paul said, there is something comical with this owl. I don't know what, too :-) Anyway - great picture of beautiful bird.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-27 4:33]

Seems strange, but he seems rather human - reminds me of someone with a questioning look on his face. Good shot, well done.

Jaap, Very good close-up portrait of this Great Grey! Good detail, comp. & POV. And without telephoto lens! How close where you? We can't always pick a complimentary BG..Overall a great post!! TFS

Very beautiful Jaap.
A bird from you ? ;-). I like it.
Very good POV, details, and colours.
Great post.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-27 13:25]

Hi Jaap
This owl is one of my favourite owls, I love the face and the 19th centuary moustace and wiskers. He looks like an old gentleman, & you portrayed him here very well, TFS, I love this picture.

I think Gert said it nicely: You posting a bird? It's a nice shot Jaap. The eyes are captured so nicely. Interesting subject that have the limelight here on TN the last week or so. Well done.

Very nice capture of this wise looking owl ! great details of the feathers and great yellow eyses...

bonsoir Jaag
C'est la première fois que je viens sur ce site.
Le grand hibou gris est magnifique, détail surprenant et netteté impeccable
belle photo

Will I ever live to see a Great Gray Owl? Well I hope so cus these bird look amazing! Super post Jaap.

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-30 14:21]

Wow Jaap, this is stunning. You know how I like portraits, and I love this one! The composition is excellent and the sharpness great. I love his eyes!

Very well done and thanks for posting.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-01-30 19:15]

One of my prefered bird ! very nice image, great colours and sharpness, this owl has a beautifull yellow eyes, you did a great portrait Jaap,


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-09 10:15]

Jaap, I have the feeling the owl is extremely sad.

Great picture to show us this beautiful animal. Great POV and composition, despite the sadness the bird seems to be going through...

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-12 20:46]

Personal assessment of the photo: great
Splendid visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent
Personal assessment of the note: complete
A little soft but the eyes are perfect.
Thanks Jaap.

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  • NicoS (43)
  • [2005-03-15 15:40]

Beautiful picture, good position of its face.
Nice sharp.
Love this bird and this photo.

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  • Jeppe Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 33] (193)
  • [2005-03-19 14:21]

Oh - what a bird - I did see a stuffed version of our largest Owl (not mine) and there was a big difference - amazing dimensions indeed -and a fine catch you done for us - thanks Jaap.

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