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Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl
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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, SIGMA 70-300 APO MACRO SUPER II
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): GouthamBirds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-03 9:41
Viewed: 3851
Points: 34
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Hi all,
This is "The Great Horned Owl" , Shot at Rotterdam

Interesting facts :

The Great Horned Owl , Bubo virginianus, is a very large owl native to North and South America. It is an adaptable bird with a vast range, though it is not as widespread as the Barn Owl.The breeding habitat of the Great Horned Owl extends almost throughout both North America and South America. The habitats they can take up residence in include deciduous, coniferous, and mixed forests, tropical rainforests, pampas, prairie, mountainous areas, deserts, subarctic tundra, rocky coasts, mangrove swamps, and some urban areas. Though less common in the more extreme areas (i.e. the heart of the deserts, extremely dense rainforests) and missing from the high Arctic tundra, they are found in most habitats.
Individuals range in length from 46 to 68 cm (18 to 27 inches) and have a wingspan of 101 to 152 cm (40 to 60 inches). An average Great Horned Owl is 55 cm (22 inches) long, has a wingspan of 124 cm (49 inches) and weighs about 1400 grams (3.1 lbs). Generally, the largest owls are found closer to the Polar regions and the smallest owls are found closer to the Equator. Females are larger than males. Adults have large ear tufts, a reddish, brown or gray face and a white patch on the throat. The iris is yellow, except in the race B. v. nacurutu where it is amber. The ear tufts are not actually ears, but simply tufts of feathers. The underparts are light with brown barring; the upper parts are mottled brown. The legs and feet are covered in feathers up to the talons. There are individual and regional variations in color; birds from the sub-Arctic are a washed-out, light-buff color, while those from Central America can be a dark chocolate brown. Owls also have spectacular binocular vision needed to pinpoint prey and see in the dark. Because owls cannot move their eyes like we can, their neck must be able to turn a full 270 degrees in order to see in other directions without moving its entire body. An owl's hearing is as good — if not better — than its vision. Owls have stereo hearing that allows them to find the exact location of their prey.

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Horned_Owl

Thanks for having a look

Goutham R

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  • cali Silver Star Critiquer [C: 32 W: 0 N: 0] (316)
  • [2007-09-03 9:43]

ho magnifique. et bien c'est super d'avoir pû photographier ce grand duc comme ça en plein jour, il me semble que ce sont plutôt des oiseaux de nuit !!! belle luminosité, excellent netteté, tous les détails de son plumage ressortent super bien. encore bravo.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-09-03 9:49]

hi gotuham,
a wonderful picture..good pov and nice BG.

Hi Goutham,
a well composed picure with very good exposure and sharpness.
I like the pose and the POV.
Lovely colours and lightings.
Well done.

Hi Goutham!
A very well composed picture.Sharpness is amazing.BG is excellent.A very nice picture.TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-03 12:12]

Hello Gautham,
Fantastic photo from Blijdorp. Beautiful light and colours. very good sharpness, BG and pose.

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-03 12:35]

Great bird needs Great shot! Bravo !


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-09-03 13:00]

Hi Goutham,
A very nice composition and with a good pov.
Very nice pose of your model and taken with very good sharpness and details.
Nice light and the orange of the eye is very good to see.
TFS Paula

Hi Goutham,

Great shot
lovely compo, colours, POV and pose
Exellent sharp details
Well done MF

TFS Thijs

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-09-03 13:30]

Hello Goutham,
Excellent shot, all is perfect.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-03 13:31]

Hi Will be back with full critiqe tuesday

Great picture !! So sharp and good POV.. Excellent DOF
One of those great ones ! Congratulation's !!

TFS greetz Kristy

Hello Goutham,
perfect shot !!!!
Lovely colors and sharpness, realy good light and focus is perfect, I like very much the point of view,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-09-04 2:53]
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Hi Goutham, Hope you are doing well and am sure must be really missing India. The shot is beautiful and especially the look. Ganesh

Hi Goutham,
A beautiful capture of this horned owl. Nice composition wit excellent details and POV. Nice informative notes. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Goutham,

What a splendid image of this Great horned Owl! I really like this nice profile and the pov you took in order to have this great blue sky as bg enhancing the bird! Details are awesome too! The only thing maybe is that I would have left a little more of the perch within the image... But it is only a taste question... Great shot!!!



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  • Sayre Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
  • [2007-09-07 14:32]

I'm sorry to critique what you said it is, but I work with birds of prey, so I'm going to. That is actually a "Eurasian Eagle Owl." It is the largest species of owl. You can tell both by the general coloring of it, but especially by the eyes. Great-horned owls have yellowish eyes and the Eagle Owls have bright orange ones! Great picture though!

Dear goutham, very beautiful and perfect framing and composition. very well captured details.
with best regards.vab.

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