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The Mighty Hunter - Up Close

The Mighty Hunter - Up Close
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Copyright: Lissa Bruce (Leace) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 0 N: 61] (292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 80-400mm VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-01-10 18:04
Viewed: 4315
Points: 15
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My wishes came true when I was finally able to capture an up-close and personal shot of this beautiful Great Gray owl.
I signed out the D70 kit lens, along with my favourite: 80-400 VR and it sure came in handy!
I have learned a few more things about Great Grays:
*They are actually not normally found in this area (southern Ontario) but loss of habitat has forced them further south recently.
*They are one of the few owls that hunt during the day.
*They are known to be tolerant of humans (while this one was definately tolerant, it still flew away a little distance if I got too close).
*The tell-tale white "bow-tie" helps identify this species.

Does anyone know how to distinguish between the sexes?

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Great shot Lissa. Good sharpness and DOF with oof background. These owls are unusually present in Montreal area these days. Very good note.
Subject would have benefit to be on the right of the frame imo + Zoomed out a bit would have included the whole tail and show less of the wire.
I like the way the subject stands out from the Background.

Félicitation pour ta photo elle est très réussie. Les contrastes sont biens et la netteté aussie. Il est très difficile pour nous au canada de trouver un peut de lumière pour faire de belle prise. vous avez beaucoup de chance de rencontrer un tel oiseau.Bonne journée !

  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-10 21:53]

It is normal for the Great Grey Owl to travel south. There is a cycle in lemmings, rabbits etc. This year it looks that the cycle is low. Further research on the species will help on your note.
Excelent capture well done on your composition.

The Female is bigger then the Male.

Lissa, nice image. DoF is good, but it is a shame that part of the tail is missing. TFS

Composition: ***
Sharpness: ***
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ***

Nice shot, but you've cut the tails :-(

  • Good 
  • Okan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 57 N: 68] (518)
  • [2005-01-11 4:00]

Hi lissa, a good shot, bu t I would like to see a bit sharpness on eyes and the tail completely, may be a perpendicular shot would be better. As I know the sexes looks like similar in owls, except snowy owl. Thanks for sharing.

Very pretty! I would like to make a maquillage like that. And you?

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-01-11 8:41]

beautiful image! good details and natural colours! sad a little about the tail of bird (not complete), i think, but in any case this is successful shot.

Nice shot, you have had of the justification problems
In a friendly way Christophe

Great improvement since your first Great Grey Owl posted. Just regret the tail is out of the frame, but otherwise, it's tack sharp, on a good background, and the soft light works well on the feathers. Congratulations for getting finally such a close shot.

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