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Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl
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Copyright: Miles Herbert (CaptiveLight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 61 N: 232] (969)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon 100mm f2.8 macro USM, Digital RAW ISO 100
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-03 0:22
Viewed: 7557
Points: 8
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Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) taken at Liberty's Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre in Ringwood, Hampshire on one of their photo experience days.

These owls are one of the most widespread of the owls found in the Americas, being found almost from North to South across the American continent, and are not regarded as endangered.

Like most Birds of Prey, their vision is excellent, although the eyes are fixed immobile in the skull, making it necessary for the owl to turn its head to look around, with approximately 270 degrees turn in either direction. Their hearing is also extremely acute, with one ear (usually the right ear) set higher then the other, enabling them to pinpoint sound both horizontally and vertically, and enabling them to hunt by sound if necessary.

Prey is usually medium size to small mammals, including Skunks and Porcupines right down to mice and shrews. Their diet can also include other birds including members of their own species.

Killing is done by the talons, which can generate about 500 pounds per square inch crushing power, ensuring a quick kill. In comparison the average human male can generate 60 pounds per square inch through his hand.

This particular bird was captive bred last year and will probably get a little darker as he gets older.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-05-03 8:17]

Hi Miles,
Wow, the eyes have it!
What clarity of details! What intensity!
Excellent pose with perfect light and sharpness.
What a beautiful specimen.
TFS. : )

Hello Miles,

What a splendid capture of this beautiful owl!
Those large, staring eyes are a strong feature and perfectly sharp. The plummage details are also sharp, displaying soft textures and intricate patterns.
The close-up portrait fills the screen well with slightly off-centre composition.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Miles,
We don't see many owls here in New Zealand,although we do have a small native owl called the Morepork (named for the sound of its call).
I hope I get a chance to post a shot of one someday.
This is a good capture of the Great Horned Owl.
It actually looks pretty big,even at this young age.
TFS & Cheers

Miles, beautiful shot of this owl. Great capture. Bill

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