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Wouldn't wanna get got by those!


Wouldn't wanna get got by those!
Photo Information
Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm finepix 4700
Exposure: f/2.8, 1 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-25 6:14
Viewed: 4366
Points: 5
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These huge talons belong to the mighty Eagle Owl.
Description: 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. Chin and throat are white continuing down the centre 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.
Bill and claws are black, the iris is orange (yellow in some subspecies).

Size: Length: 58-71cm (22.8-28")
Weight: Female 2280-4200g (80.4-158oz) Male 1620-3000g (57.1-105.8oz)
Average Wing Length (one wing only): Female 47.8cm (18.8") Male 44.8cm (17.6")

Habits: Active mainly at dusk to dawn. Flight is noiseless, whith soft wingbeats interrupted by gliding when flying over long distance. Will sometimes soar.

Voice: A deep, monotonous "oohu-oohu-oohu". The female's call is slightly higher than the male's. When threatened, they may bark and growl.

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  • kag Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 20] (106)
  • [2007-03-25 6:35]

Unusual to see a close up of just the birds feet, but it is a very good photo. a lot of detail and colour. Well done.
Kelly.

I really like honing in on this detail. It's an intimidating view of talons, and an intimate view of falconly. (Owlry??) Tack sharp and perfect exposure, too.

I'd find the image even more pleasing, however, if the background were quite simple, without the distracting cage lines.

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  • meo Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 48 W: 7 N: 121] (759)
  • [2007-03-25 14:30]

Nice photo with good colors and sharpness.
tfs.

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