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Spotted Eagle-Owl

Spotted Eagle-Owl
Photo Information
Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-10-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-08 14:31
Viewed: 2836
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Spotted Eagle-Owl (Bubo africanus) is a medium-sized species of owl, one of the smallest of the Eagle owls. Its length is forty-five cm (18 inch) and its weight is from 480 to 850g (1 to 1.8 pounds). It has a 100 centimeters (39 in) to 140 centimeters (55 in) wingspan. The facial disk is off white to pale ochre and the eyes are yellow. It has prominent ear tufts, and the upper body is dusky brown, the lower parts off-white with brown bars.
Its prey consists of small mammals, birds, insects, frogs, and reptiles. It often swallows quite large prey whole, with much head-jerking, and if the object is really challenging, pausing and resting with the mouth full. Prey too large for such treatment it will tear in the normal raptorial fashion, and it also tears shreds off prey to feed nestlings.
The calls are generally typical, musical Eagle-owl hoots. Generally the male call with two hoots: "Hooo hooopoooo" and the female answers with three, with less stress on the middle note: "Hooo hoo hooo". The young do not hoot till effectively adult, but from a very young age they will hiss threateningly and snap their beaks castanet-like if alarmed. These sounds they make throughout life, generally in a threatening attitude with head down and wings spread sideways to present their upper surfaces forward, umbrella-like. They might present such behaviour either as a challenge to rival owls or when defending nest or young against enemies. The young at least have a whickering call of protest or annoyance when handled. In a comfortable social situation the youngsters have a soft croaking "kreeep" that they are prone to repeat at regular intervals of a few seconds. If they suspect that they have lost their company, the calls increase in frequency and they are likely to go hunting for their companions.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-10-08 17:33]
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Hello George,
First of all just to see a bird like this at night posing so beautifully would be a real thrill, but to actually capture it in such a quality photo is awesome! I could probably count on my fingers all the owls I've seen perched in the open like this here in Ohio.
Love the detail in it's plumage and of course those "BIG" yellow eyes. Framing couldn't be any better and exposure is perfect in this instance. Great work!!

What is it with you and PERFECT EYE CONTACT..nature ADORES you!! Definitely finds you curious!! :0) AWESOME my friend..just awesome

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-10-08 23:19]

excellent wild life photography. good lighting and presentation. a beautiful species. good work. tfs.

well done George!
how did you get rid of the red eyes, pp I suppose, result is great and very natural

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-10-09 4:46]

Hello George,
What a great picture. Lovely composition with all this dark and the fine light on tree and owl. Fantastic almost hypnotic ,these yellow eyes.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-10-09 7:22]

Excellent portrait of this lovely owl with stern look. lovely. tfs.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-10-09 7:41]

Hi George
Excellent capture .I like the position of Owl on the right side of the frame, I also like the eye's contact. As usual sharp image with great plumage details. I had read not to long ago that people had to be very careful when using flash on them at night since that there pupil were completely dilute.TFS Michel

Hello George,
A great capture with beautiful coloration, pose & timing. Very nicely composed & presented with a great POV. Nice work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-10-09 8:40]

Hi George,fantastic capture in the night,the eyes are like 2 yellow diamonds in a dark and black sea,spectacular way to show us this magnificent owl!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello George,

Great details in this amazing bird!
And the eyes are penetrating, nothing less hehehe...
Well framed with fine details in the plume, lovely natural colours!

Pablo -

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