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Athene noctua

Athene noctua
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-20
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-06-20 4:36
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Athene noctua (Scopoli, 1769)
Little Owl

Athene noctua is a small owl with a wingspan of 54-58 cm in the family Strigidae.
It is resident in the temperate and warmer parts of Europe, Asia and North Africa.
In Cyprus it is a common resident.

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Brilliant capture of the Little Owl, Chris.
The eye contact in an Owl picture is of paramount importance and we have it here in full measure.
Amazing sharpness, colours and clarity.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-06-20 4:47]

Hello Christodoulos,
Amazing beautiful photo in perfect sharpness, details and splendid colours. The impressive eye contact is staggering. Directly into my favourites.

Hello Christodoulos,
this is a great picture of this small owl,
Very good sharpness with lots of details and the look is amazing.
Well done. mf.


It is hot up here now, +22C ;-)

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-06-20 5:37]

impressive capture with awesome detail again, Christo .. don't know how do you manage to capture these marvels this way, but frankly grateful for sharing them mate ..

regards, nuri :D

Hello Christodoulos,
Incredible clarity, focus and razor sharp details. Very nice image. The exposure is perfect. It is enough light to see the spectacular colors of this gorgeous specie of bird. The clarity of the feathers are amazing.....
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent close-up photo of the Little Owl,
with a fine POV obtaining its head turned glance,
beautiful soft light, great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-06-20 5:56]

Very cute little owl..like the way its turned its head like this..amazing species, well captured with fine details and colors, the eye contact is special. tfs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-06-20 6:16]

Hello Christodoulos,
excellent shot. Very well exposed with great colours and good control over the DOF. POV is good and the subject is well composed.Regards Siggi

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-06-20 6:22]

A wonderful portrait of one of my favorite birds. We hear thweir call quite often in the evenings here.



Hello Christodoulos,
Outstanding photograph of Little Owl, excellent sharpness and details, good composition, excellent background and lighting.
Thanks for sharing,

hallo Christodoulos
super good sharpness composition with good details
i like this pose
the colours and light are allways good on your picture's
thanks greeting lou

Hello Christodoulos
Amazing picture, great eye contact,
perfect angle.
good detail and colour.
best wishes,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-06-20 8:23]

Hi Christodoulos.
I met owls only few times in my life and it is clear I have any image f the species. Your is great especially amazing eye-contact. Subject created by twigs and birs is also wonderful as well as wonderful, perfectly illuminated and blurred BG. Great job. TFS and kind wishes.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-06-20 9:04]

Hi Chris,spectacular capture of the small owl,a magnificent pose and a great exposure,colors and sharpness at the top,the eye details are really fantastics! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Christodoulos,
Amazing beautiful photo in perfect sharpness, details and colours. Spectacular!!

Hello Mr.Christodoulos,
Wow!Excellent one.I really like this one.Well done.
Thanks for sharing such beautiful picture of Owl,
Kind regards,

Ciao Crhistodoulos, great portrait of lovely Little Owl with fantastic eyes, superb sharpness, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2013-06-20 20:17]

Hello Christodoulos,

The eyes mesmerizing, animated. The lighting wonderful, the pov choice, the bokeh extremely complimentary and the result - outstanding! Congrats on this beauty.


Hi Chris,
As always, clear capture from you with breathtaking composition and fabulous sharpness. The eye contact's also fantastic, like DoF and practically everything else. An elegant shot, something to be truly proud of. Bravo!
Best regards, László

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-06-21 6:01]

Hello Christodoulos,
What a cute littel owl which tried to hypnotize the photographer with her glance directly into the lens..as usual technically perfect and shown with a simple and nice composition.

So cute and expressive! Well done MF Christodoulos. Details and sharp are perfect. Beautiful brilliant colours.


Hallo Christodoulos
Beautiful composition and framing. I love the pose, the intent look in its eyes, and the natural background. Depth of field is perfect, lighting excellent, and as always, the subject itself is engaging.
Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Christodoulos,
great capture of this Little Owl with good sharpness and a nice pose. I also like the natural colours and the beautiful light.
Best wishes,

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2013-06-21 18:03]

Bela foto de qualidade excelente com nitidez e cores muito boa meus parabéns por esta belíssima imagem.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2013-06-21 18:09]

Hello Christodoulos,
Your superb work comes through once more in the capture of the beauty in this Little Owl.
Congratulation on your exceptional work.

A stuuning beauty dear Christodoulos

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2013-06-24 21:29]

Hola Christodoulos; que belleza de ave y de foto, llena de detalles de la especie; me gusta la composición, el manejo de la luz, el entorno, la pose del ave y el fondo...gran toma de verdad...saludos.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-06-25 4:26]

Hello Christodoulos,
Awesome capture ! Great clarity and details ! Lovely subject and awesome eyes to eyes contact! The light is spelndid ! TFS Tina

Hi Christodoulos,

The branch is helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the Little Owl. It is clear and sharp. The light has a good effect on the colours. Have a nice day.


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