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The Hand that Feeds Me

The Hand that Feeds Me
Photo Information
Copyright: Geoff Taylor (geoffash26) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 45] (283)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 24 70L 2.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-23 17:12
Viewed: 3664
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken at Mid Wales Falconery

Large, greyish (grayish) owl with no ear tufts and very large facial disk. Generally greyish-brown (grayish-brown). Mottled upper-parts, and streaked somewhat paler under-parts. Grey (Gray) facial disk marked with dark concentric bands with short, white eyebrows and black “beard”. Small, yellow eyes.

Size 59-69cm, 800-1700g

Range From Scandinavia across Siberia to Sakhalin, Alaska, Canada and parts of NW USA.

Habitat Boreal and coniferous forest, and wooded parts of Taiga.

Food Mainly small mammals particularly rodents, also birds, frogs and beetles.

Breeding March-August, nests in broken tree snag or stick nest of other birds, occasionally on the ground. 3-6 eggs are laid and incubated for 28-30 days. The young leave the nest by 30 days and can fly within another 2 weeks.

Call Series of deep mellow, hoots accelerating and dropping in pitch towards the end.

Status Not globally threatened. Numbers fluctuate annually with food availability, but seem relatively stable over longer periods.

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  • Great 
  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2006-04-23 17:39]

Absolutely magnificent. Shot, details and exposure. Everything.
Well done.
Regards, Krzysztof.

Looks like you had fun up there over the weekend Geoff. Well timed and captured.

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-04-24 1:45]

Great POV of this owl, Geoff.
Interesting shape of those wings.
Lots of interesting details on the bird.
TFS. : )

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