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Massive Wings

Massive Wings
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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-400, Sigma 46mm UV drop-in filter
Exposure: f/4, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Flight 2, Haraprasan's Favs [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-16 2:26
Viewed: 4103
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here you can see the incredibly big wings of an Eagle Owl.
I photographed this at the Barn Owl Centre in Gloucester.

I hope you like it!

Eagle Owl - Bubo Bubo

The largest species of owl in the world, the European eagle owl lives all over mainland Europe and is particularly concentrated in Scandinavia. Formerly found in Britain, it has been absent here since the eighteenth century.
Like all woodland owls it has prominent tufts on its head. These are not ears, which like all owls are hidden openings in the downy feathers on the front of the face. Instead, the tufts possibly have a role in display and attracting a mate.
They can live up to 40 years in the wild, even longer in captivity. Eagle owls are nocturnal and have excellent night vision and hearing to hunt in woodland areas at night. Their diet is entirely meat, consisting mostly of mice, voles and rats but their tremendous size and power also means they are easily capable of taking rabbits or even small deer.

Origin: Native; extinct in Britain since 18th century except for occasional European vagrants.

Size: 65 - 70 cm. Females are larger than males and can weigh up to 4 kg (9 lbs).

Description: Largest owl in the world. Tall, upright. Prominent ear tufts, large orange eyes.

Habitat: Forests, woodland, rocky and mountain areas.

Young: One or two eggs hatch after 35 days, start to fly after eight weeks and fully independent after six months.

Nest: In a rocky crevice lined with a few feathers.

Diet: Carnivorous; small mammals, but can take anything up to the size of a fox or small deer.

Population: No significant native breeding population.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-16 2:55]

Hello Joe,
That's indeed very impressive. Great photo with this frontal POV. Excellent sharpness and frozen details. Very good timing. Beautiful natural colours contrasting against the OOF BG.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-06-16 3:18]

Hello Joe,
I have good reflex and managed to catch sharply head this owl. I like such composition.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Joe

Another very good shot of this guy in flight. Excellent capture, the downward wing beat is perfectly capture. The very slight blur of teh wing tips evokes movement adding to the pictures high quailty. Great work.


This is a great shot! great timing and sharpness

Ciao Joe, impressive capture of superb flying bird, great light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Top class picture JOE, Love those wonderful eyes and the action.
Nice to see u back with a bang young man!

Hi Joe,
It is good to see you are posting again. I was very busy with my work and could hardly get enough time to visit TN. A brilliant capture of this eagle owl. Composition, Sharpness and timing is just superb. Many thanks for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-06-16 6:05]

Hello Joe,
A terrific in-flight capture of this beautiful Owl! Gorgeous light and colours and excellent focus and sharpness. I like the soft background colours too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

that's about what they called me when I as 90 pounds heavier...Bobo...close...Large wings is right. They are amazingly swift right? Total overall good lesson in aviary and notes included. Test at noon!

Hi Joe,
What an impressive span! That thing is huge!
I would so love to capture a bird in flight this clearly.
I've noted your settings and will have a jolly good go at it next time I find some birds to photograph.
Cheers & TFS

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-06-16 7:12]

Monsieur Joey, first of all, it is so nice that you came back! I know I'm late but I didn't know you were back. You irradiate so much energy from your pictures and this owl picture is fantastic! You grow and mature in your photography and after learning the technical skills you now start to overgrow it and post some masterpictures! I am impressed by the strength of the wings of this bird, it is incredible and really well demonstrated. Thank you!


hello Joe
excellent capture

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2009-06-16 10:45]

Hi joe,

Good to see you back. Very cool in flight shot of this massive owl. perfect focus on the eyes and impressive sharpness all over with a touch of movement in the wings.

Very nice


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-16 13:13]

Hi Joe. This is a fantastic inflight shot of this beautiful bird. I like the way you have captured it with its wings down. Good natural colours with thelarge orange colour eyes showing up so well. TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-06-16 16:24]

Hola Joe,
preciosa captura,
fino pov y sensacional foco y nitidez...
saludos amigo.

What a shot!
This is absolutely stunning!
Very well done, Joe!

Hi Joe,

Super shot what else can one say, I would love to be in a position to catch something like this, you absolutely nailed this.

Excellent detail in the plumage, stunning colours, those eyes are amazing, perfect separation from the o.o.f background, and I really like those blades of grass lower right just adds that touch of quality to the image.

Stunning work, all the best, Cheers Rick :)

Hi OwlMan Joe:)) another grat in-flight shot of this beauty. Superb details and nicely framed.
TFS and cheers,

pleasured to know that you liked my present to you:)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-06-20 19:13]

Hola Joe.
Beautiful. Great photo, excellent note.

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