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Copyright: Carole Francois (grimmel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 0 N: 91] (415)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-22 13:23
Viewed: 4836
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
it's not a ghost, but a young barn owl, growing up in our wildlife care center.
from wikipedia:

Barn Owls (Tyto alba)occur worldwide, on every continent except Antarctica. They are absent from large areas of Asia, the Sahara Desert and New Zealand. These are birds of open country such as farmland, preferring to hunt along the edges of woods.

The Barn Owl flies silently. Its ears are placed asymmetrically for maximum hearing, so the owls do not require sight to hunt. They can target and dive down to sink their talons through snow, grass or brush and seize rodents with deadly accuracy. Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food.Pound for pound, they consume more rodent pests than possibly any other creature. This makes the Barn Owl one of the most economically valuable wildlife animals to farmers. Farmers find these owls more effective than poisons, and they often encourage Barn Owls to stay around by providing nest sites.They are fairly sedentary and nocturnal or crepuscular

Predators of Barn Owls include opossums, raccoons, certain snakes, and other raptors such as hawks, eagles, and larger owls (including the Great Horned Owl and the Eurasian Eagle Owl). Their worst enemy is man, who has often killed Barn Owls due to superstition, or ignorance of the bird's benefits.

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Bonjour Carole,
c'est chose rare de voir un bébé chouette sur TN, bravo pour cet exploit, j'aime beaucoup on dirait qu'il est emmitouflé dans sa fourrure,
très joli,
merci de partager,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-22 15:46]

tres belle expression !!! merci de partager,Luciano

Hi Carole.
Splendid shot!
Very good colors and contrast.
Excellent details and original POV.
Well done!
José Roberto

very nice compo and superb sharpness on the eye.
nice bg and great catchlight

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-23 9:04]

Hi Carole.
Next your amazing picture of so charming bird. The most impressive point is reproduction of the plumage and white colour gamma. It is simply great. I also like wonderful BG. Bravo and best wishes.

bonjour carole
c'est un joli portrait de ce jeune,j'ai simplement une petite chose a dire,attention lorsque vous accentué l'image pour rendre la sujet plus net car cela a pour effet de faire ressortit le bruit dans le BG.

Hi Carole,
very nice macro shot of this lovely owl. Details, focus, composition and POV very nice.
Tonight I captured its mother or father:) very beautiful animals.
TFS, well done

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-25 11:48]
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Hi Carole

ahhh how sweet. I have never seen a baby barn owl before. I love the fluffy feathers and the bright eye. The BG is lovely as well. Nicely sharp



Bonjour Carole!
What a cute little owl! Especially that this species is more rare and rare in Europe and really difficult to see in some regions. Lovely portrait with excellent details and sharpness. I like alos a note - very informative :)
Best withes from Poland,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-28 12:06]

Hello Carole, wow great capture of this youngster, very good exposure on the plummage, great details and sharpness. Thanks !


hi carole,

you finally did catch that owl better than our last tries ;-).nice details around these eyes!and he looks lovely!

Hi Carole,

A cute little bundle; how old was it at the time?

And were you able to release it later into the wild?



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