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Tyto alba

Tyto alba
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Kenko UV 62mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Goldys' Personal Favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-13 1:43
Viewed: 3994
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I crossed 20K points. So decided to post something new for me. Hope you will like. Thank you for viewing.

The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is the most widely distributed species of owl, and one of the most widespread of all birds. It is also referred to as Common Barn Owl, to distinguish it from other species in the barn-owl family Tytonidae. These form one of two main lineages of living owls, the other being the typical owls (Strigidae). T. alba is found almost anywhere in the world except polar and desert regions, Asia north of the Alpide belt, most of Indonesia, and the Pacific islands.

It is known by many other names, which may refer to the appearance, call, habitat or the eerie, silent flight: White Owl, Silver Owl, Demon Owl, Ghost Owl, Death Owl, Night Owl, Rat Owl, Church Owl, Cave Owl, Stone Owl, Monkey-faced Owl, Hissing Owl, Hobgoblin or Hobby Owl, Dobby Owl, Golden Owl, Scritch Owl, Screech Owl, Straw Owl, Barnyard Owl and Delicate Owl. "Golden Owl" might also refer to the related Golden Masked Owl (T. aurantia). "Hissing Owl" and, particularly in the USA, "screech owl" refer to the piercing calls of these birds, but it should be noted that this particular name is a misnomer and that the actual "screech owl" is a species unto itself. family "Strigidae" genus Megascops. The scientific name, Tyto Alba, established by G.A. Scopoli in 1769, literally means "white owl", from the onomatopoetic Ancient Greek tyto (τυτο) for an owl—compare English "hooter"—and Latin alba, "white".

The Ashy-faced Owl (T. glaucops) was for some time included in T. alba, and by some authors its Lesser Antilles populations insularis and nigrescens still are. The Barn Owls from the Indopacific region are sometimes separated as Eastern Barn-owl, Australian Barn-owl or Delicate Barn-owl (T. delicatula). While this may be warranted, it is not clear between which races to draw the line between the two species. Also, some island subspecies are occasionally treated as distinct species. While all this may be warranted, such a move is generally eschewed pending further information on Barn Owl phylogeography.

Source: Wikipedia

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Ciao Haraprasan, great portrait of lovely owl, splendid light and wonderful nautal ambientation, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Awesome post of this human-faced beauty MF. It seems girls wearing head scarf:)
You've captured it in a lovel pose with wonderful facial expression!
TFS and have a nice day!


Hello Haraprasan,

congrets with the 20k of points, personal for me a pity that point system.
About the picture, it are not one of your best shot's I am sorry for that but honesty.
Good pov and sharpness.
In the face of the owl I miss details and it looks overexposed. Further are the colours to yellow, the owl are more brownish. Maybe trough the bright light have you been get these colours.
I am honesty, so sorry for that.

I hope your not angry.


This is a stunning shot!
I never knew we had such beautiful owls here in India!
Simply superb, HP!

Hello Haraprasan,
another beautiful capture, light and details excellent. A nice picture. Regards, Paolo

Hello Haraprasan,
Congratulations by reaching this milestone.
Not your best photo like Gert said. I made a workshop, but I couldn't do anything about the overexposed parts. I hope you don't mind.

Hello Haraprasan, congrats on your reaching that pts. According to me, this is lovely capture of this cute owl from nice POV with nice details and composition.
TFS and kind regards,

Ciao Haraprasan. With this light and colours almost impossible to obtain best results. Good POV.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-13 10:39]

Hello Haraprasan.
My congratulation on this milestone in TN for you.Today we celebrate success here for the entire time!For the future I wish you many nice took up.Best regards Siggi

I thought this type of owl looked familiar. We have many of the family of this species here in the US. I had to tit my laptop screen to get it just right. Tricky white balance right? Good show HP!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-13 10:53]

Hi Nayak,
Very interesting photo of this Tyto alba, TFS!

Hola Haraprasan,
Excellent capture of this Owl, well done
TFS, greetings

Aunque estás al límite de la luz, el documento valía la pena: enhorabuena !!!

Un abrazo Haraprasan: Josep Ignasi.

Hola Haraprasan

Vaya fantastica imagen, con esos tonos metalizados en dorado, algo fuera de lo normal. Parece una postal. Me gusta mucho como has tratado el color, lo encuentro sumamente fantastico.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-13 14:29]

Hello haraprasan,
Very good capture of this lovely Owl in nice colors and great details.TFS.regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-13 14:44]

Hi Hara,welcome in the over 20000 club..eheheh...and what a spectacular specie you show us today,maybe only a little overexposed but very nice and intresting!Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-13 18:22]

Hello Haraprasan,
well seen shot of this owl with excellent sharpness and clarity. The environment is well shown and it gives a special natural framing by the leaves.
I like the light hitting the head, giving a good effect.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-10-13 18:30]

Hello Haraprasan,
Congratulation on your milestone, you have been a major contributor to this fine site. A very nice way to celebrate with this excellent image of a barn owl, thank you for all your fine work Haraprasan.

Bonjour Haraprasan,
Belle publication valorisant bien le sujet dans son environnement par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-20 8:29]

Namastay Haraprasan,
Congratulations on having had at least 10K critiques!
A fine capture of a Barn Owl resting in a tree.
The POV and composition among the foliage is excellent and the features are shown with fine sharpness and natural colours.
Thanks for sharing this shot of a species that is very rare in my country.

hello Haraprasan

excellent photo of this Barn Owl with very fine POV, DOF,
appropriate vertical framing and the way the Owl it is
framed on the image, great focus sharpness and details,
very beautiful light coming into the photo, TFS


Hi Mr. Hara,
Composition and DoF are fantastic, but as Gert and Peter said the image looks overexposed + I found the yellow / golden tone a bit too strong. At the same time I congratulate for reaching the milestone, eventhough this isn't your best photo.
Have a great Christmas, friendly regards, László

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