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Pearl - Spotted Owlet

Pearl - Spotted Owlet
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-02-22 13:07
Viewed: 256
Points: 18
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Pearl - Spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum)

This is my second picture of this 'Pearl - Spotted Owlet' which I have taken at Kruger National Park during our staying at Pretorioukop Rest Camp.

πŸ“’ My first picture of Pearl - Spotted Owlet - https://www.treknature.com/viewphotos.php?l=3&p=312533

I took this picture, definitely at night and used my internal flash; I don't have external flash yet. It was pitch dark, so my wife helped me focusing torch πŸ”¦ light on bird.
It's a very small Owl with a rounded head and no ear-tufts. The name comes from the Pearl like white spots on the shoulders of the Owl.
The Pearl - Spotted Owlet occurs in Sub-saharaan Africa from Senegal πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡³ in the west, east to Sudan πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡© and Eritrea πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡·. South to eastern South Africa and then north to Namibia πŸ‡³πŸ‡¦ to Western Angola πŸ‡¦πŸ‡΄.

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Hi Sri,
Beautiful composition and exposure - the flash + torch combination worked very well, clear subject and plain bckground, with awesome contrast. The mesmerising eyes gain attention immediately, excellent pose. What a fantastic photo!
Kind regards from Ireland, LΓ‘szlΓ³

Hi Srikumar
With simple tools you achieved a great result.
Good picture of this owl.


Hello Srikumar,
Amazing details and image quality as usual. Lovely specie and rare to find.

Great shot Srikumar. You did very nice photoshop also.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2019-02-23 12:05]

Hello Srikumar,
Very beautiful photo in good sharpness and details. Gorgeous light. Attractive eye contact.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-02-23 14:43]

Hi Srikumar,what say...absolutely perfect,a masterwork another time,it's interesting to know that your wife helps you with the torch,very good idea! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

also a great shot Sri with good sharpness and nice details
gr lou

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-02-25 1:56]


Hi Srikumar,

The eyes of the bird are an eye-catcher. The point of view is showing the details of the Pearl-Spotted Owl. The light is giving good rendering of the colours. Have a nice day.


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