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Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl
Photo Information
Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-15 20:23
Viewed: 3234
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my secon Owl done in the same day and place as my first one, the Barred Owl, posted before.

Done in Tommy Thomson Park, Lake Ontario in a dark, wet day with freezing rain and drizzle. The light was very difficult.

Found from the Arctic tundra to the tropical rainforest, from the desert to suburban backyards, the Great Horned Owl is one of the most widespread and common owls in North America.

Large owl.
Prominent ear tufts widely spaced on head.

Size: 46-63 cm (18-25 in)
Wingspan: 101-145 cm (40-57 in)
Weight: 910-2500 g (32.12-88.25 ounces

Other Names
Grand-duc d'Amérique (French)
Búsho cornudo (Spanish)

Cool Facts

-The Great Horned Owl is the only animal that regularly eats skunks.

-The Great Horned Owl will take large prey, even other raptorial birds. It regularly kills and eats other owls, and is an important predator on nestling Ospreys. The reintroduction of Peregrine Falcons has been hampered in some areas by owls killing both adult and nestling falcons.

-The Great Horned Owl is a regular victim of harassment from flocks of American Crows. Crows congregate from long distances to mob owls, and may continue yelling at them for hours. The enmity of the crows is well earned, however, as the owl is probably the most important predator on adult crows and nestlings.
(from "All About Birds")

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-01-15 20:43]

Hi Mario
Wonderful shot
Fine detail
Nice color
I like the way the owl is looking down
at you,as if to say not you again
tfs jon

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2008-01-15 23:46]

Hi Mario
it is defentely difficult to get perfect pictures from below against a white sky. The result is amazingly good with perfect exposure on the owl and still nice posture

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-01-16 0:28]

hi Mario,
nice shot of this awesome owl! i like the natural and subdued tones in the pic. well captured. i would love to see one of these in person! nicely done

Hi Mario,
You did an excellent job with this image in difficult light.
Really nice detail, pose, and comp. Super eye contact.
It looks like it's staring you done.
Ya gotta love those "horns". :-)
TFS, Richard

Hi Mario

Another great owl shot. Great sharpness and well exposed in such frigid white conditions.


hello Mario

excellent close shot with good details on his plumage,
again i love the point of view of your image and the
way you framed the owl in the image, TFS


Hi Mario,
Great catch of this large Own, fine details and beautiful colors and sharp picture, he has a great regard to you ! lovely composition and presentation very well done.

Marvelous shot. I LOVE THESE OWLS and you did a wonderful job shooting this rare find. Simply Breathtaking. Excellent.

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