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Hoo Hoo Twoo

Hoo Hoo Twoo
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300XR, Digital ISO 200, Skylight
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Predaceous birds - Aves predadoras, Birds of Southern Africa, Photographer's favourite, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros, 5 favs. and up - PART 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-08 14:01
Viewed: 6378
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hoo Hoo Twoo - meaning my second owl post.

Boy was I glad to catch this little Pearl-spotted Owl (17 - 21 cm in size) in my neighbor’s garden. This was taken after dark and I am excited about the result.

In South Africa, extends across Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and s Moçambique, south to limit of arid bushveld and woodland in s Namibia, n South Africa and e Swaziland. Extends further north across most savannas of sub-Saharan Africa.

Population and demography
Nests may be only 200-500m apart or, in contiguous suitable habitat, may be about 0.5-1km apart within a territory of about 60ha. However, limited by available nest holes in lightly wooded habitat, relying on hole-making birds (barbets, woodpeckers) to supply suitable cavities, that are often excavated in introduced exotic plants. Age of first breeding, survivorship and longevity unknown.

Widespread and the commonest owl in a wide range of woodland and bushveld habitats, especially mopane and open thorn savanna with areas of sparse ground cover. Avoids dense woodland and forest, or open grass- and scrubland.

General habits
Often active by day, and so most conspicuous South African owl, but mainly active at night both for hunting and calling. Roosts in relatively open sites below canopy of small bushes or shrubs, staring intently at intruders and readily changing perches if disturbed. Bathes regularly by day (and probably by night) when open water is available.

Foraging and food
Hunts from a low perch, taking most prey from the ground below but sometimes swooping to snatch it from on foliage, off nests or in flight. Flight is fast and dipping, with audible wingbeats, similar to a woodpecker. Often mobbed by small birds when emerges by day, and its calls, or mimicry thereof, actively attract small birds, and then sometimes snatches one from the surrounding flock. Often flicks or wags tail when excited while hunting, and turns head abruptly to show first real then false ‘face’, or bobs head up and down. Eats mainly arthropods (especially grasshoppers, crickets, solifugids, beetles, harvester termites and termite alates), but has relatively large strong feet and is a bold hunter of small vertebrates (rodents, bats, lizards, snakes, frogs, birds to size of Turtle Dove).

Wide distribution, natural abundance and varied habitats suggest few conservation concerns. Common in Kruger and Kgalagadi National Parks. Removal of trees with nest cavities would be detrimental, but some land use to introduce exotic trees or reduce ground cover can be beneficial.
The camera settings:

Focal Length: 271mm
F Stop: F/6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/60
ISO: 200
Tripod: No
Flash: Yes
Reflective Panel: No
Cable release: No

RAP, Robbrown, Luc, gerhardt, Signal-Womb, Callie, Fisher, extramundi, PDP, AndyB, ellis49, willie, mrvdm1, marhowie, sandpiper2, deud has marked this note useful
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-08 14:15]

Aqui el POV elegido no importa Japie, ya que siempre este bicho nos estará mirando... y con semejante mirada!.
Excelente fotografía nocturna con la iluminación adecuada y una agudeza que permite ver todos sus detalles, incluyendo esas atemorizantes garras.

Here the chosen POV does not matter Japie, since always this tiny beast will be watching to us... and with alike glance!.
Excellent night photography with the suitable illumination and a sharpness that allows to see all its details, including those terrify claws.

Oh WOW japie what an amazing litle bird , beautifully captured in the act of looking at you. and a good set of notes to boot.

Japie, This is excellent. You should be proud of this one. It has beatiful colours in the bird and the bird contrasts nicely to the blue night sky.
Absolutely beautiful.
Greetings, Jan

You got him good, Japie. What a wonderfull trophy. In it's natural habitat. I think it's very sharp for a night shot at 271mm focal length. You must be extatic with this capture?

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-08 15:23]

You are right to be excited about the result, Japie... and without smoking anything. You did a great job (picture and note) here!

Ohh! that is a cracker Japie. I love the fluffy texture of its feathers. Nice compo and good flash exposure. Great job.

Excelent capture. How close were you?
I guess there was no way for bounce flash, There is blue in the eyes from the flash. A little photoshop can fix that.


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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-11-08 15:32]

As I told you, this note is written in a deep, sickly looking green colour, dripping all over my keyboard. I love this chick, and you have scored one. Congratultions! This baby is so beautiful, it still lacks the intense, angry look of the adult.
Next time, PLEASE phone me!!!!

Besides de good overall quality I must say you were very lucky to shoot such a clear one in nature. I think thisis very good indeed.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-08 17:55]

Magnificent, the eyes are amazing. Excellent work Japie. The note isvery well done too. Perfect.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-08 19:03]

Your neighbour has a great garden,owls,dragonflies....what next ;-)
A beautiful capture,fabulous detail and colours.
Perfection........well done!

Great Japie.
Beautiful colours , good details and a nice composition.
Very good note.
Great work.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-08 23:49]

Into my favourites.
Japie, I think this is your best shot I've seen.

Excellent! I envy you for being able to take shots like these from your porch!! Great shot and note!

Great shot I'll try a WS later, very nice colors, great details
Well done

Japie, I can't add anything here that hasn't been said..I think "masterpiece" about covers it! Superb job!!!

Very nice photo

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