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Brown Wood Owl

Brown Wood Owl
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/300 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-20 8:24
Viewed: 5005
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A photo taken in Weltvogel Park Walsrode in Germany.

The Brown Wood Owl, Strix leptogrammica, is an owl which is a resident breeder in south Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to western Indonesia and south China. This species is a part of the family of owls known as typical owls (Strigidae), which contains most species of owl. It belongs to the earless owl genus Strix.

The Brown Wood Owl is medium large (45–57 cm), with upperparts uniformly dark brown, with faint white spotting on the shoulders. The underparts are buff with brown streaking. The facial disc is brown or rufous, edged with white and without concentric barring, and the eyes are dark brown. There is a white neckband. The sexes are similar.

The call is a (hoo) hoo hoo HOO or a deep goke-goke-ga-LOOO or a loud scream. The alarm call is a bark, wow-wow. Some subspecies are known to produce distinct vocalizations; they are also different in appearance and parapatric, and might be distinct species: The northern Strix (leptogrammica) newarensis group (Himalayan Wood-owl; present subspecies newarensis, ticehursti, laotiana and caligata) which occur from the Himalayan foothills of Kashmir east to Taiwan have a soft low to-hooh not unlike a rock dove cooing. S. (l.) bartelsi (Bartels's Wood-owl), Javan Wood-owl from Java, the southeasternmost taxon, has a loud, forceful, single HOOH! with long pauses between calls.

It is an uncommon resident bird of dense forests. This species is very nocturnal but it can often be located by the small birds that mob it while it is roosting in a tree. It feeds mainly on small mammals birds and reptiles. It nests in a hole in a tree or on a forked trunk, laying two eggs.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
great capture of this Owl with good sharpness and lovely details. I also like the natural colours and the your well chosen POV.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-07-20 8:41]

Hi Peter,look a bit bored this very nice owl,a beautiful capture whit a spectacular plumage details and natural colors,very well done,have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

hallo Peter
Mooie opname met veel details en super kleuren
Zit er erg goed voor om een foto te maken
bedankt gr.lou

Hello Peter,
A great capture with beautiful coloration, details & pose. Well composed & presented with a great POV. Nice work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


Ciao Peter. Good details on the graphic ploumage. Beautiful colours. very good details for the pleasant - maybe tired - friend.


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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-07-20 11:12]

Hi Peter,
beautiful macro of this very lovely owl ! Wonderful details, I like it very much !

Hi Peter,
interesting photo of this bird. Very good point of view. Nice colours.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-07-20 11:24]

Hello Peter,
pose is excellent, great work. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Great note too. Best regards Siggi

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely owl in nice pose, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Incredible clarity, focus and razor sharp details. Very nice saturated colors. The exposure and the superb light makes a wonderful photo. I never have the chance to meet this interesting species of owl.
Thanks for sharing!

hi Peter,
lovely creature. a new bird to me. i just love Owls. tfs. and have a nice weekend.

Hello Peter
Interesting bird and beautiful photo with wonderful lighting and good sharpness.

Hello Peter,
very nice picture of this Brown Wood Owl with good sharpness and perfect colour. good composition.
best wishes,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-07-21 7:44]

Hallo Peter,
Perfect shot ..
Excellent details, nice natural colors, beautiful composition and POV, great pose of the Brown Wood Owl.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-07-23 5:51]

Hello Peter,
Another beautiful and special bird from Walsrode. This owl had a funny pose which you caught well on your picture. I like the tight vertical framing too. It also makes funny sounds..hooo, hooo or wow, wow.
I say to you Woow!
Kind regards

Boa tarde Peter
Magnificent capture my Friend.Great POV and composition,wonderful colours and details.Thank You.
Have a good week!
Best regards

Hallo Peter,
Dergelijke goede definitie in kleuren en scherpte alleen kan worden verwacht van u mijn vriend. Perfect POV om me te tonen dat schittering in het oog, amazing kleuren en algehele een grote compositie.
Hartelijke groeten
Sorry dat ik afwezig ben geweest van TN voor een tijdje, maar het is werk-gerelateerde problemen. Binnen een maand zullen mijn leven normale weer... Ik hoop.

very funny subject Peter, nice colors and composition, congratulations for the picture !

ciao, tino

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-07-24 12:03]

Hi Peter,
very nice portrait of a beautiful owl.
Nice natural colours good composition and details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2012-07-25 1:01]

Great capture with very nice pose...

Hello Peter

Great close-up shot of this species of Owl,
fine frontal POV giving that beautiful glance
of the Owl, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Impresionante Peter... además esta especie no la tenemos por aquí
y es un placer para mí el poder observarla.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

hi Peter,
lovely this creature a new bird for me, spectacular plumage details and natural colors.
Perfect POV congratulations!!!

Thanks for sharing

Excellent work Peter, TFS, Ferran

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