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Eagle Owl

Eagle Owl
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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: 2009-03-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM, Digital ISO-800, Sigma 46mm UV drop-in filter
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/4000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bayram's Favorites-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-08 2:43
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Favorites: 7 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well, I'm back :-) For a bit anyway, I've had a small break in between my exams and was missing TN quite a bit, plus a few members have asked me to come back so I thought I'd post one or two until my exams finish when I'll be able to upload some more shots.

This is an Eagle Owl which I photographed at the Barn Owl Centre in Gloucester.

I hope you like this one!

Eurasian Eagle Owl - Bubo Bubo

Very large owl with prominent ear tufts and vivid orange eyes. Very variable throughout range. Nominate race; buff-brown upper-parts, heavily marked with black, greyish (grayish) facial disk. Under-parts paler buff-brown with black streaks, and fine brown barring on belly, white throat. Becomes paler as you move eastwards in the northern parts of the range up to western Siberia, then progressively darker to Pacific coast. Birds becomes paler from north to south in Asia Minor and Middle East. Size decreases East to West, and North to South.
60-75cm, 1500-4200g
From Europe across Russia to Pacific, South to Iran, Pakistan across to China and Korea.
Habitat Mainly remote rocky areas, river valleys, ravines, quarries etc. also open forest, Taiga, steppe and semi desert.
Mainly mammals from shrews up to foxes and young deer. Also a wide range of birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Usually begins breeding in late winter. 1-4 eggs are laid on a shelter cliff ledge, in a crevice or a sheltered depression on the ground. The eggs are incubated for about 35 days. The young leave the nest by about 5 weeks and can normally fly within a further 3 weeks. They become independent by about 24 weeks old.
A deep resonant “ooh-hu” with emphasis on the first syllable.
Not globally threatened, although rare or uncommon through most of its range. Becoming very scarce in parts of Europe.

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Ciao Joe, great see you again on TN, my friend, fantastic capture of flying owl,perfect focus on eye and beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, I like a lot, BRAVO!!, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-08 3:10]

Hi Joe,
With a big smile I see you are back! And how!! What an amazing shot. It's Joe's quality, so perfect. Very impressive frontal POV and these eyes....!
It's going into my favorites.
A lot of success with your exams.

Hi Joe

A very impressive shot, the eye contact is amazing. Perfect sharpness and you froze hime in flight beautifully. A perfect shot.
Good luck with your exams.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-06-08 5:30]

Hi Joe
Nice in flight capture.Fantastic eye's contact and very sharp image.Also nice OOF BG and excellent text.
TFS Michel

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-08 6:09]

Hello Joe
Welcome back. Another excellent capture from you. Great action and perfect focus. Well done.

Hi Joe,

A photo absolutely superb, excellent approach to the opening just to achieve the beautifully blurred background. Great ISO 800 which enables high speed shutter. The bird was photographed in a unique angle, a large contact with the eyes of the bird. Magnificent colors. Thank you for sharing this sample of his talent.



Hi Joe!
Its great to see you back on TN again,and with an amazing shot too!
You must have been really quick to capture this.
It is absolutely tack sharp as well!

Things are looking up for me at the moment.
We manage to re-finance the house,pay off our immediate debts,and buy a few things we needed .... like a new Canon Powershot SX10 IS
At first I had real difficulty using it,but I'm just beginning to get the hang of it,so expect to see some improvement in my work soon.
I'll also get that Andris Apse book in the post for you this week .... promise :)

Wow...you set the benchmark here Joey. If you take exams as well as you take images, things shall be all well with you...Fine image and such a pleasure to see some superior quality!

striking pic, TFS Ori

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-06-08 10:00]

Hello Joe,
Beautiful photo with sharp focus.
Captured moment and scene are amazing.
My compliments,

hello Joe
excellent shot,great photo
TFS and thanks for sharing

Hello Joe,
What a nice visit to TN for your break! This shot is really impressive. The composition is audacious and the sharpness and background so nice. It is not an easy shot at all... Congratulations and good luck with your exams,

Hi Joe,
Welcome back. Beautifully captured this one on flight. Bird is in good shape. Nice timing, DOF and sharpness. TFS - Regards - Adil.

Hello Joe,
Excelent photo!
A very good shot. Beautifful blurred background and fine details with splendid sharpness.
The eyes are amaizing!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-08 13:01]
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Hi Joey . Good to see you posting again . i hope the exams are going OK. Well i think all has been said about this fine picture. Its such a first class inflight shot of the Owl . which you have taken with fine detai land natural colours. well done TFS.

PS how do you find the 300 F2 lens.

welcome back,Joe!
very impressive capture with excellent
posture in flight....perfect definition
and well focused the head...

compliments sERGIO

Hi Joey, Beside of this great action shot!
All the best my young mate!


Ciao Joey,
Welcome back; what a wonderful picture of the Eagle Owl taken with outstanding sharpness in a fantastic in-flight posture, very nice composition with a good contrast of marvellous colours.
Best regards

I am so proud of you, Joe!
Proud that you respected someone senior to us like Bob, and came back!
That pride is of course over and above the joy you give us with these simply superb shots!
Very well done, bro and welcome back!
A big hug from India!

hello Joey

WOW ! what a superb photo of the Eagle Owl in-flight
with very fine frontal POV and exrpessive eye-contact with you,
fine focus with great sharpness and details, TFS

good luck for you exams


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-08 22:11]

Hi, dear friend.
Joe – "I hope you like it".
We like your pictures always. And I am very glad that you came back. There are many your friends.

Shared shot is simply amazing. Pictured moment is breathtaking. POV is fantastic as well as exposure parameters, frozen pose of the bird, sharpness of its details and unbelievable smoothness of the BG. Bravo. My warm greetings and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-08 22:24]

Hello Joe,
Nice to see you back and I hope your exams went OK.
A great shot: I am impressed with the sharpness of your Sigma 300 at f2.8 to capture this Eagle Owl in flight with great timing against a superb BG. It would be nice to see how it performs with a 2x TC.
Thanks and all the best with the rest of your exams.

Hi Joe
I am glad to see you back on TN and I like your new shot. Great POV and fantastic moment. Beautiful delicate colors of nicely blured background. Also good sharpness As always very good job

Very good picture..
Well done.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-06-09 13:38]

Hi Joe,
It's an amazing shot.Moment you caught is great.I liked details,clear eyes and composition a lot.Into my favr.
Thanks for posting..

Hello Joe,
I had a premonition that you would be back one of these days and it turned out to be real. Welcome back! We were missing you badly here on TN. Bob in particular was in sheer despair.
With your return, normalcy too has returned to this site :).
Your pictures are exceptional in their appeal -- both technical and aesthetic. This Owl in flight captured at 1/4000 is sheer magic.
I will now turn to your next fresh pictures.

Impresionante y oportuna captura: un gran trabajo Joe: J. Ignasi.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-20 3:34]

Hi Joe,
Im really amazed by your superbs capture. such an excellent shot in superbs presentation.
Youre really very good.
nothing much I can say about this fascinating and artistic capture of a nature in action.


Hi Joe,

Everything drawn with a masterly exposure. In the right place at the right time to make and I will say it. Really great timing and a masterpiece. Moreover, the target image is focused sharply on the owl very impressive sight. TFS.



this shot is just wonderful!!
great look of the owl, perfect bacground and scene.
really compliments!


amazing shot. Everything is perfect. No fault to comment.

Scatto stupendo! Complimenti! Molto bello e dinamico e con colori naturali.

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

Hello Joe,
This is just amazing & stunning shot.The composition is audacious and the sharpness, luminosity and background are excellent. TFS

Great Shot!

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2010-05-28 16:48]

Hello Joe,

Excelent photo!
A very good shot.

Hi Joe,
This really is an excellent photo. Even though the owl is in captivity, it still is a marvellous shot. Probably took a lot of patience to wait for this moment. Well done.

amazing pic!!!

Hi Joe,
Wow, i am impressed.
Excelent photo!

Hello joe,
very very beautifull, congratulation,
best regards
Adilson / Brazil

Wonderfull bird and photo. Congratulations. Regards.

too good.

Hello Joe,
what a superb photo of the Eagle Owl in-flight!!!
Excellent focus with great sharpness and details. Very Well done.
Best Regards, João Edgar

İn one word; SUPERRR.
Excellent pose, eye contack, beautiful BG. TFS.

Oh my lord - this is one of the most beautiful bird photos I have ever seen, there is nothing about it I don't like.

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