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Barred Owl

Barred Owl
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Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 1D MIV, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-09 15:20
Viewed: 3183
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
That was a lucky morning as soon as we got in to are usual spot we saw that Barred Owl that was roasting in the sun.At one point {we were shooting from a railroad track } we saw a red fox aiming at us.I had never seen that Owl after that.So the reason I'm presenting that image to you is due to the pose that we do not have chance to see to often.
Thank for looking
Barred Owl from Audubon
A large stocky dark-eyed owl gray-brown with cross-barring on neck and breast,an streak on belly;no ear tufts and brown eyes.

Miss_Piggy, Argus, KOMSIS, nikosrio, Dis. Ac., marius-secan, Alex99, vanni2009, eqshannon, nasokoun, siggi, uleko, rousettus, anel has marked this note useful
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An incredible job Michel in my opinion ! I am a 101 person visiting that image and the first with a comment! I do not understand, this image is simply unbelievable! Fantastic pose of the bird, awesome clarity, depth of field, stunning warm colors, brightness and everything that we can wish to see in a image! Bravo, keep on delivering Michel! Happy New Year!
George Veltchev

Hi Michel!
Great capture! You get this beauty in an interesting pose, in great light which you managed very well, beautiful, natural colors, also very good POV and DOF. The subject is sharp and you managed to show us plenty of details! Composition is also very good.
As about comments/critics. It seems to me that many visitors don't understand that the only way of learning is to discuss, to comment, to critic...


Hallo Michel
Bravo for an incredible photograph that we are not privilege to see every day. Everything in this image is just so eye-catching, from the sleeping pose, the opened beak with the clarity of the inside of its mouth, up to the detail of the bark of the tree it is sitting in. Composition and viewpoint is just as great. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-09 23:36]

Hello Michel,
It looks like this Barred Owl was in the process of regurtitating a pellet. The captured pose was well timed and taken with fine clarity and colours in the fork of a tree.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-01-10 0:39]

Hi Miche,
Timing and composition: Excellent.!
An excellent capture of this Barred Owl. Vivid colours,nice sharp and detail.
Best wishes,

Hello Michel,
excellent capture,great timing, very sharp details and nice colors, this is a great one...
TFS, regards,

Hello Michel,

what an great shot from this owl.
I like the pose, his wide open beak and his unusal pose.
Fine colors.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-10 2:55]

Hello Michel,
such an exciting composition. You have waited at the best moment to document this lively action.
Exciting scene with details of the owl so well seen.
Well presented shot.


Bonjour Michel,
Une interessante capture de cette pose inabituelle, pour le reste tout est bon:POV,focus,BG, lumière...

Hello Michel,
Splendid capture in a great moment.
Superb details and clarity of a Barred Owl.
Fantastic sharpness and wonderful composition.
Thank for sharing!

hello Michel
super shot with good details and good sharpness
very good naturel colours
great shot Michel greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-10 9:30]

Hi Michel.
It is a great shot. You managed to catch an amazing moment. Pose of the bird is stunning. I also like impressive sunlight and vivid colours, wonderful smooth colourful BG. Tree branch pattern is also very cute. TFS and kind regards.

Hi michel,

Amazing shot! It is a rare pose of birds to capture. You've done it with superb clarity. Great work & TFS.


hello dear friend Michel,
Excellent photo, good sharpness, contrast and natural colors. Loved the POV, and the extraordinary position of the Owl.
very interesting notes that were attached.
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Ciao Michel, lovely bird in fantastic pose, splendid colors, fine details, excellent sharpness and wonderful blurry BG, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-10 15:24]

Salut Michel,quel moment tu as capture'!Une photo magnifique,aussi la qualite' est impressionante,quelle nettete' et couleurs,la lumiere a aide' toi...mais il faut etre des bons photographes pour le faire! Mes plus gros compliments et bonne journee',Luciano

I should add that he needs basting if he is roasting:-) All in also a very nice click at the right time. Some folks learn this and others do it at an early age...very nice!

excellent moment, the shot, bravo Michel!
TFS Nasos

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-11 2:45]

Hello Michel.
Very cute and very well done, excellent colors and perfect focus I am heartwarming Best wishes.
Regards Siggi

Spectacular capture Michel! perfect DOF so like light's management.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-11 6:03]

Hello Michel,
Fantastic photo of a Barred Owl in this pose. Great POV, timing and sharpness. Very beautiful warm colours. Good composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-01-11 9:34]

Hello Michel,
Either he's telling you to clear off or else he's very sleepy and just about to fall of the branch! A lovely capture, very funny and I like the timing. Gret sharpness too and beautiful light and colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-01-11 19:37]

Hello Michel,
A one in a million pose, and you managed to nail it!! I like the soft colors and beautiful lighting in which you photographed this sleepy looking owl. Excellent focus and perfect exposure. Great work!!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-01-12 2:37]

Merhaba Michel,
harika bir poz yakalamışsın,kuşun sempatikliği yanında detayların inceliği çok güzel.
Tebrik ederim, saygılarımla..

Simplemente impresionante !
Una caprura naravillosa Michel, con excelente luz y viveza en los colores.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

salut Michel
what a great timing and great capture of pretty owl species. great lighting, exposure and sharp focus. coloration also superb. nicely composed and presented. Thanks for sharing.
have a nice weekend

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-18 4:13]

Bonjour Michel,
Voilà une image bien amusante!! La chouette a vraiment posé pour le photographe, un vrai clown..
Image lumineuse et originale, avec un cadre vertical adéquat.
Meilleures salutations

Hello Michel,

It must have been your lucky day - Never seen an owl yawning in the morning sun - except this photo. Thanks for sharing. Excellent capture with details colours & light.


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