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Owl in-flight

Owl in-flight
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-21 11:08
Viewed: 4173
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Much of the owl's hunting strategy depends on stealth and surprise. Owls have at least two adaptations that aid them in achieving stealth. First, the dull coloration of an owl's feathers can render them almost invisible under certain conditions. Secondly, the owl's remiges, or flight feathers, have fluffy trailing edges, muffling the owl's wingbeats and allowing its flight to be practically silent. Some fish-eating owls, which have no need of silence, lack this adaptation. Elf owls also lack the feathers for silent flying.(wiki)

Shot in Safaripark Beekse Bergen.

Camera Model
Shooting Date/Time
13/05/2007 14:10:51
Shooting Mode
Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
98.0 - 280.0mm
Focal Length

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-21 11:11]

Hello Annick,
Excellent in flight capture.POV,colors,details,lighting and framing are wonderful.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-21 11:13]

Hi Annick,
Excellent shot of the in-flight owl. Fantastic pose and those searching eyes are so special also there is so much movement in the shot. Perfect light management and a natural green BG. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-21 11:17]

Nice action shot with the sharpest focus in the right place. Exposure is good for the low light conditions. Good pose from your subject.

Hello Annick
What a great flight shot,
Perfect details,BG and composition,
fantastic colors, Superb shot.

Good Luck

Great depiction of the power of flight...there's definite strength in the photo. Amazing creatures - beautiful photo.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-21 12:30]

Hello Annick,
Very fine in-flight shot with focus on the head and sharp eye! I think owls are fascinating and wish I'd see more of them. Very nice composition and I like the claws!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Wonderful Shot

Hi Annick,

Beautiful image. We can litterally see the ferociuos eyes and can feel the strength of the wings. Classic image.TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-05-21 13:11]

Hello Annick,
Fantastic photo. Very sharp on the body with good details. Perfect light and natural BG. Good composition.

Very well done, Annick, this shot is wonderful and not easy to make.
Very impressive bird, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi, Annick.
Difficult bird shot. Well composed with good exposure.

Hi Annick,
A great capture of this impressive owl! Very nice shot.

Regards, Peter

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-05-21 15:06]

Hi Annick

Lovely in-flight shot. I love the wing shape and the intense glare you have captured. Nice framing and well focused



Hola Annick
Un buen vuelo el que captaste de este búho.
Un saludo

very impressive shot, I wish I made one like this.

Hi Annick!
Fantastic moment! Very dynamic photo, excellent POV and DOF. Brawo!

Hi Annink.
Those eyes are beautiful and looks focussed, i love the movement in the wings as well.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-21 16:37]

Hi Annick. this is a amazing shot. the look on his face. great detail and focus. with great colours. very good timing on your part. good picture all round very well done TFS.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-05-21 17:56]

merhaba Annick
i see wonderful flight shot of this attacking owl with good timing
i like composition, point of view, blurry background, lighting, colours, details, framing and note in your photo
thanks for sharing

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-05-21 18:17]

Hi Annick,
A great pose and excellent timing here. I like this owl very much!
Tfs, José M.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-21 23:13]

Hello Annick

A nice grab of this owl coming in for a strike.The angle of descent adds to the dramatic effect.Good capture of the intensity in the eyes.Well composed .TFS


Hi Annick.
Excellent shot. Perfect work. Correct shutter speed. Very impressive picture. Well done. tfs. Stev
PT :)

Hi Annick,
So a 'proper' bird picture. One in flight that is. Not quite spot on for focus but still good to look at especially with the wing movement. 1/800's should have stopped it dead.

Magnifique prise de vue en plein vol, les oiseaux sont tellement difficile, il dégage aussi toute sa force, belles couleurs et composition.

Hi Annick.
Wow! Look at those eyes. It's the first thing you notice. Very powerful Great sharpness and still a great sense of motion. Very well done.
Regards, Steve.

Nice owl shot. Cool action. I guess the shutter speed is slightly to slow for the ultimate capture here.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-06-04 11:18]

Annick bonjour, la taille de vos sujet en vol est dans la game superieure!! magnifique expression dans le mouvement de cette chouette. C'est une reussite compte tenu de la dificulté, félicitations, Didier.

Wow, Annick,
Superb shot!
Congrats and TFS,

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