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Bubo bubo

Bubo bubo
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-21
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-29 1:02
Viewed: 1966
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Eurasian Eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) is a species of eagle owl resident in much of Europe and Asia. It is also one of the largest types of owls.
Eagle Owl is a large and powerful bird, smaller than the Golden Eagle but larger than the Snowy Owl. It is sometimes titled the world's largest owl, but so is the Blakiston's Fish Owl, which is slightly bigger on average. The Eagle Owl has a wingspan of 138–200 cm (55–79 in) and measures 58–75 cm (23–30 in) long. Females weigh 1.75-4.5 kg (3.9-10 lbs) and males weigh 1.5-3.2 kg (3.3-7 lbs). In comparison, the Barn Owl weighs about 500 grams (1.1 lbs).

The great size, ear tufts and orange eyes make this a distinctive species. The ear tufts of males are more upright than those of females. The upperparts are brown-black and tawny-buff, showing as dense freckling on the forehead and crown, stripes on the nape, sides and back of the neck, and dark splotches on the pale ground colour of the back, mantle and scapulars. A narrow buff band, freckled with brown buff, runs up from the base of the bill, above the inner part of the eye and along the inner edge of the black-brown ear tufts. The rump and upper tail-coverts are delicately patterned with dark vermiculations and fine wavy barring. The facial disc is tawny-buff, speckled with black-brown, so densely on the outer edge of the disc as to form a "frame" around the face. The chin and throat are white continuing down the center of the upper breast. The whole of the underparts except for chin, throat and centre of upper breast is covered with fine dark wavy barring, on a tawny-buff ground colour. Legs and feet are likewise marked on a buff ground colour but more faintly. The tail is tawny-buff, mottled dark grey-brown with about six black-brown bars. This plumage may vary slightly in different subspecies but is consistently distinctive. Bill and claws are black, the iris is orange (yellow in some subspecies).(Wikipedia)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-29 1:03]

Hi Siggi,what a magnificent portrait! A perfect perfect pic,what a sharpness,what a eyes...and a beautiful owl too in pose just for you!Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hi Siggi,
Outstanding shot of this Eurasian Eagle-Owl with great sharpness and marking on its plumage, superb eye contact and those red eyes look gorgeous and expressive, lighting, exposure and depth of field are really good,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday,
Best Regards,

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-05-29 1:11]

Hi Siegfried,

Outstanding portrait. Its all about the eyes. Magnificent colorsful and penetrating eyes. TFS.


Beautiful photograph, good eye contact! regards yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-29 1:21]

Hello Siggi,
Fantastic photo of this Eagle-owl in superb sharpness and details. Very beautiful colours with great contrasting markings in the feathers. Pleasing impressive eye contact. Beautiful surroundings. Is this made in a birdpark?

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-05-29 1:25]

Hello Siggi,
what a magnificent capture,great sharpness and splendid colours.This is an excellent photo MF.

Hi Siggi,

Wow what good detailed sharpness here my friend, love the highlighted eye, fabulous exposure control under shaded light conditions, chopping the feet off not good, but a powerful image indeed, well done,
Congratulations and have a nice Sunday Siggi,
Best Regards,


wonderful species. these days all those species linking owls are becoming extinct because of massive habitat destruction in India. I was walking to see these species for long. You have taken brilliantly with all perfection. Thanks for sharing.

Czesc Siggi,
ale zdjecie! Gratuluje po pierwsze tego, ze udalo Ci sie spotkac taka sowe. Piekny portret. Swietne kolory i ostrosc.
Udanej niedzieli,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-05-29 2:36]

Witaj Siggi,
Gdzie tego olbrzyma mozna spotkac? Piekne ujecie i mozna sie go bac.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

Hi Siggi,
This is awesome. What a wonderful owl. It feels like those eyes are piercing right through me. Nice details and focus as well. Excellant. Have a great weekend.

Ciao Siegfried. Great portrait for the cute Bubo with impressive focused orange eyes. Very well done.


hello Siegfried
super good picture with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-29 9:15]

Great owl, fierce look and fine portrait. tfs.

Bonjour Siegfried,
C'est domage que le cadrage soit trop serré sur le bas de l'image mais il n'en reste pas moins une très belle publication très fine et superbement colorée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

wow Siggi what a picture, excellent look , magnific eyes, really nice,

congratulations !

ciao, tino

Ciao Siggi, beautiful owl with fantasstic eyes, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-05-29 16:45]

Hi Siegfried
Very sharp capture of that owl. The details of the plumage are very neat and the eyes are impressive. Good posture of the bird.Too bad you missed the feet.
Good job

Hello Siggi
Impressive bird and impressive photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-05-30 7:11]

Outstanding capture Siggi!!!
I would love to get such an awesome shot of an owl like this. The close crop allows us to get a wonderful view of it's beautiful plumage and fine facial features. Those big eyes are always a special attraction from this particular species. Overall a stunning photo to view. Superb job!!

Hello Siegfried,
What a spectacular capture of this amazing bird. Exceptional details, colors and sharpness.
Lovely composition. Marius.

Witaj Siggi
Fantastyczne ujecie okazalego puchacza. Super fotka.

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