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Grand Duc

Grand Duc
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Copyright: Maria do Carmo Vieira (duca) (14)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-20
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/13 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-22 18:35
Viewed: 4900
Points: 6
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I present you the Great Horned Owl (Grand-Duc d'Amérique in French, Corujão-Orelhudo in Portuguese :-)))
It is a large owl native to the Americas.

Owls have spectacular binocular vision allowing them to pinpoint prey and see in low light.
An owl's hearing is as good – if not better – than its vision.

But they have not a good sense of smell. It gives them an extra diet choice – the skunks.
Aside from humans, the main predator of the skunk is the Great Horned Owl. Devoid of a good sense of smell, it is not afraid of the skunk. In addition, it strikes from above and without warning.

I took this photo at "Chouette à voir".

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Bonjour Maria,

L'oiseau est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs du Grand Duc d'Amérique. La lumière du matin met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-08-23 19:15]

Hello Docarmo,
Wonderful quality image of our provincial bird here in Alberta. Those eyes almost seem to penetrate to ones soul. Thank you.

Hallo Maria
The results of this image is just super. All details are seen with great clarity, and you have captured a special feeling in the owl's eyes. The penetrated "look" is fabulous and speaks a story on its own. The horizontal striped details on the plumage is captured beautifully. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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