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Scops Owl for Anna - Miss Piggy

Scops Owl for Anna - Miss Piggy
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-22
Categories: Birds, Savannah
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Owls all over the world, Dedications I have received [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-25 15:29
Viewed: 6382
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This little African Scops Owl was roosting in the picnic site between the Malelane Gate and Jocks Camp. I am dedicating it to Anna as the Kruger is one of her favourite haunts.

Scops-owls are Strigidae (typical owls) belong to the genus Otus. Approximately 45 living species are known, but new ones are frequently recognized and unknown ones are still being discovered every few years or so, especially in Indonesia. For most of the 20th century, this genus included the American screech-owls which are now again separated in Megascops based on a range of behavioral, biogeographical, morphological and DNA sequence data.

Scops-owls in the modern sense are restricted to the Old World, except for a single North American species - the Flammulated Owl - that is only provisionally placed here and is likely to be moved out of Otus eventually. See below for details.

As usual for owls, female scops-owls are usually larger than the males of their species, with owls of both sexes being compact in size and shape. All of the birds in this genus are small and agile. Scops-owls are colored in various brownish hues, sometimes with a lighter underside and/or face, which helps to camouflage them against the bark of trees. Some are polymorphic, occurring in a greyish- and a reddish-brown morph.

roges, jaycee, CeltickRanger, Miss_Piggy, tuslaw, Dis. Ac., siggi, anel, Mamagolo2, rousettus, boreocypriensis, MMM has marked this note useful
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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-25 15:33]

Hi James,
An exceptional macro with this owl.
I like and how you choose your POV.
Fantastic colors and details. I'm sure that Anna was enjoying a lot for the dedication.
Best regards,

Hello James,
a very beautiful dedication to our friend Anna; superb sharpness, splendid colours, excellent POV and nice composition.
Best regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-03-25 16:12]

Hi James,

I'm sure Anna will love this dedication! You captured this Scops Owl in a wonderful pose on the branches. Nice natural colors and excellent details of his beautiful markings and patterns.


hello James

this Owl is so superbly camouflaged that he can pass for a tree branche,
excellent photo with fine frontal POV and appropriate framing,
superb focus sharpness and details of that plumage that has patterns
like a tree branche, TFS


Dear James
Thank you for dedicating this image of the Scops Owl to me. I have just been diagnosed with glandular fever and not feeling to bright, but seeing this guy peeping at me with its prominent "owls eyes" surely made me feel a bit better for time being. It is a lovely close approach and details are seen with great clarity, especially the beautiful patterns and markings in the feathers, and the black stripe on the forehead. The Scops Owl that stays in one of the trees at the Satara reception area is one of the main attractions to tourists staying or visiting in that camp, as it is almost always there, and during lunch times visitors stands in queues to photograph it. I also had that oppertunity but I could not get as close to it, therefore my image is not as well detailed as yours. Thanks for thinking about me and our love (both Loot and I) for the Kruger, when you made this dedication. Kind regards.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-25 19:25]

Incredible image James,
This would definitely be a hard shot to improve on, everything is of top quality. The detail is super fine and the colors are natural and simply gorgeous. A very beautiful bird and shown in an outstanding photo. Well done!!!

Hello James,

an good presentation from this owl with good details, pov and dof.
Fine colours.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-26 0:26]

Hello James,
very good close up with a nice composition. Sharpness, colors and Bg are perfect.Very well done. Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-26 1:40]

Hello James
Excellent capture of this owl, very interesting bird
Thanks for sharing

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-26 1:46]

Hello James,
Very adequate dedication for Anna, one bird more in her collection! Very funny little owl with a very special way to look.. pleasing simple composition and good vertical framing-choice.
Thanks and kind regards

Great portrait, nice colours, light and sharp details.
TFS, best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-26 7:24]

Hi James,
another exciting and special shot. Really an appropriate one for Anna.
What a lively features and excellent clarity of this owl.
There were so many of owls and this one is very unique.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-26 11:01]

Hello James,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo in very beautiful natural colours. Excellent isolation from the BG. Good POV and composition. Very nice dedication.

Ciao James, great capture of wonderful owl, fantastic details, splendid sharpness, perfect focus and lovely blurry BG, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi James,

What a beautiful Scops owl.Good clear sharpness and pov.
What a wonderful dedication to our Miss Piggy. Very well done and thanks for sharing.


Hello James
After Cyprus, I see a post from South Africa and famous Kruger. I think you met Anna and Loot in there.
I'd like to see this beautiful place and its living things. You are lucky to see and capture such a great shot. sharpness of focus, POV/DOF and exposure great. also composition and colors. It is a great dedication to our friend Anna.
We have two owls from this genus here: O. scops and O. brucei. This must be Otus senegalensis respect to its vernacular name. They are similar to each other.
thanks for sharing it with good informative notes. best regards and have a nice weekend,

A pesar de su complicada pose, esxprimiste muy bien la expresividad del ave. Muy buen enfoque.

Hi Bro James, awesome capture of this beauty. I am in trip, So i have limited internet connection. Take care!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-03-30 6:56]

Hi James
That is a beautiful closed up.Perfect pov and rasor sharp image.Detail and pose are great.I also like the OOF BG
TFS Michel

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