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Ketupu, Lord of the Night - Sumatra

Ketupu, Lord of the Night - Sumatra
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Owls all over the world, Birds of the World, The Moon [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-08 20:39
Viewed: 6227
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I cannot 100% positively ID this large owl, definatelly a Buboidae member. This was one hard to take photograph!!! But was well worth the climb and stalk.
By my research this is a Ketupu, or Buffy's Fish Owl (Bubo ketupu, previously Ketupa ketupu), also known as the Malay Fish/Eagle Owl.
Average size Length 43cm - one wing length 36cm - weight 1290g
Habitat - Woody areas near water
Food Fish - makes shallow dives for surface fish. Also frogs, reptiles, insects, rats, mice, beetles and bats. Will also feed on carrion.
Distribution - From south Burma through the Malayan Peninsula to the western Indonesian Islands.
Breeding - Uses nests of other birds or unlined tree cavity
Other facts - Shelters in dark places by day.

Horsfield, Thomas 1821

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-08 21:39]

Very spooky mood you have created with your black and white, Radu.
I love the tones and the light in this shot.
Another unusual bird to add to your collection.
Excellent POV with sharp details.
Would love to hear your story of the "climb and stalk". : )

Hi Radu,
Perfect picture.


Not an easy shot but well managed.
The result id great and I love it.
The details are super also in the shadows.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-09 3:53]

Salut Radu

Ei, asta era o chestie pe care o aveam in plan de mai de mult...o poza a unei pasari nocturne facuta noaptea.
Superb rezultat, cu o lumina cat se poate de buna, detalii excelente si POV super. Intr-o astef de poza parca ii ies mai bine si mai frumos in evidenta toate caracterele :)


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-09-09 11:02]

I just can say, perfect.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-09-09 11:55]

Hola Radu.- Exelente foto de este hermoso Buho. Muy nitida, la cantidad de luz es muy buena. Verdaderamente me agrada mucho. Saludos desde Mexico. Luis52.

Hello Radu, great shot. You managed the light very well and the details are well seen on the owl. Very well done.

What a fantastic shot Radu. I think this is a really nice capture and composition. I like the dark balance
Regards, Krzysztof.

WOW!!!!! Not to sound like everyone else but they are very right... This is a perfect picture! Thanks for sharing.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-09-30 23:13]

Hi Radu,
I saw this a while ago when briefly looking through the gallery, but was too short on time to leave a comment. It's a really beautiful shot, the light, textures and almost monochrome quality are fantastic. I think not framing it any tighter and leaving the dark edges was a great decision, it adds a lot to the mood of the shot. Beautiful work, I'll add this to my favourites.

Hi Radu! Truly fantastic... I can't understand how you exposed in these conditions so well... Maybe late to say but TFS! :)

Best regards,

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