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Spotted Owlet

Spotted Owlet
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-14 5:08
Viewed: 1768
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the past 7 years since I took to nature photography in 2006, I have come face-to-face with an Owlet for the first time. I saw it on a tree on school campus. It was pretty high above me but I had eye contact with it. The moment it noticed me taking its pictures, it stared back at me with that typical Owl gaze until I had finished. It was still there on the tree when I moved on.

The Spotted Owlet (Athene brama) is a small owl which breeds in tropical Asia from India to Southeast Asia. A common resident of open habitats including farmland and human habitation, it has adapted to living in cities. They roost in small groups in the hollows of trees or in cavities in rocks or buildings. It nests in a hole in a tree or building, laying 3–5 eggs. The species is absent from Sri Lanka, although the birds are found across the Palk Straits, just 30 kilometres away at Rameshwaram. Nests near human habitations may show higher breeding success due to increased availability of rodents for feeding young. The species shows a lot of variation including clinal variation in size and forms a superspecies with the very similar Little Owl.


The Spotted Owlet is small (21 cm) and stocky. The upper parts are grey-brown, heavily spotted with white. The underparts are white, streaked with brown. The facial disc is pale and the iris is yellow. There is a white neckband and supercilium. Sexes are similar. The flight is deeply undulating. The nominate form is darker than the paler forms such as indica of drier regions.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2013-05-14 6:45]

Hi Ram
Excellent Spotted Owlet capture!!!
Perfect in focus, with great details and colors!
Wonderful shot!\

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-14 7:03]

The eye-contact of the pretty Owl is big bonus...fine composition too..the flowers surely add color to the image. tfs.

Lovely picture Ram. The flowers add value to the image, the eye contact is special.


Hello Sir,
This is really a good picture indeed.
Beautiful eye contact, good sharpness and great composition.
Flowers are added beauty here.
What is the name of this flower?

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-05-14 8:10]

Hello Ram,
interesing athene species,beautiful photo,thanks..

Hi Ram,
nice photo of the owl. Excellent low point of view. Many details. Perfect composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Lovely capture.


Great photo Ram! Beautiful and interesting bird, nice pose, excellent composition, wonderful lighting and good sharpness.

hallo Ram
great shot of this owl and good details
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-14 13:30]

Hi Ram,this is a very lucky meeting and you caught very well the opportunity whit a beautiful pic whit the best DOF on the owlet and a great composition too!! Very well done,have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Ram, great prtrait of beautiful owl, lovely composition with nice flowers, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ram

When I saw the thumbnail and the title it is
also what I said in my mind « I think this is
a first time for Ram », and you did a great
photo of the Spotted Owlet in the same time
close-up and also to see of his environment,
your frontal POV it gives his expressive glance,
the light is beautiful like that flowers also, TFS


Beautiful bird, Ram.
Well done and presented.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-05-15 5:28]

Hello Ram,
You must have been very happy to see finally one of these interesting birds and this specimen was looking straight into your lens. Lucky Ram! I almost never have seen owls in the wild.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-05-15 11:03]

Hello Ram,
This owl is a real beauty. The photo taken in a splendid surroundings in good sharpness and a great composition.

Bonjour Ram,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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