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Great Gray Owl (48)
rlortie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 295 W: 59 N: 593] (2058)
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Chouette Lapone
Great Gray Owl

I finaly saw one of those elusive birds this afternoon. When you're looking for a bird for years, and you find what you were looking for, the excitement is very high. I am sure you know what I mean.
This one was taken in Parc des Iles de Boucherville, a wildlife paradise, near Montreal. In fact they were three, looking for small preys, in the same area of about 20,000 square feet. I had time to take almost 500 shots.

This species hunts during the day, often watching for prey from a low perch. Most of the time it is found in dense conifers, so it is often overlooked. One of the most elusive of birds, the Great Gray was discovered in America by Europeans before they realized that the species also occurs in Europe.

description 24-33" (61-84 cm). W. 5' (1.5 m). A huge, dusky gray, earless owl of the North Woods, with yellow eyes, large facial disks, and distinctive black chin spot bordered by white patches, resembling a bow tie.

Tech notes
Date/Time: 2005:01:01 15:24:26
Shutter speed: 1/400 sec
Aperture: 5,6
Exposure mode: Av
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Continuous (high): frame 1
ISO: 400
Lens: 100 to 400mm
Focal length: 260mm
AF mode: One-shot AF
Image size: 2336 x 3504
Rotation: none
Image quality: Fine
White balance: Auto
Color matrix 1: sRGB natural-looking hue and chroma
Color space: sRGB
Saturation: Normal
Contrast: 0
Sharpness level: 0
Tone: Normal
Gamma: Standard
Weather conditions: Sunny

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rlortie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 295 W: 59 N: 593] (2058)
PhotoImpression
Edited by:LCannon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 137 N: 804] (3107)

I increased the mid-tones levels and the shadows. Then sharpened just a little.
I hope you like the results. He's such a dramatic bird!