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Giant Eagle Owl

Giant Eagle Owl
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 200, UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Krugerpark feb/mar 2007
Date Submitted: 2007-03-15 4:39
Viewed: 3874
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When driving in the satara region,I noticed this owl high up in a tree,it looked like he was washing himselves with the use of the rainwater and with flapping his wings get rid of the excessive drops,between the raindrops I managed to take a few shot wherof this is one of the better ones and shows the impressive wingspan of this giant.

The Giant Eagle Owl
The Giant Eagle Owl is as large as Pel’s Fishing Owl and also favours large leafy trees along watercourses as its roost site (the two species may sometimes be found in close proximity). However, the watercourses need not contact water for the Giant Eagle Owl since it hunts far out into the surrounding savannah and thus can live in habitats from arid semi-desert to tall moist woodland.
The huge size and generally pale appearance are distinctive. It is a pale grey colour and has a black rim to the facial disc, with stout “ears”, large dark eyes with naked pink eyelids. It has a wingspan of up to 155cm. Sexes are alike in colouration and markings. The young has a crown and wing-coverts and the their under parts are barred in a smoky grey.

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Hi Paul
Really nice shot of this large owl which I have seen in Tanzania two years ago.
You have captured nice action here whit lot off details. I have workshop for you. I hope you like it :)


Pretty shot Paul.
Interesting motive. Very good tones and crop, excellent patient to wait for him. Well done. Tfs.Stev

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2007-03-15 8:10]

Nice action shot, Paul.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-15 10:26]

Hi Paul,
Whow, great catch I saw it only sitting in a tree see my previous posting.
The pink eyelid is so good to see in spite of the distance.
Great job.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-03-15 16:58]

Hello Paul,
I've also made photo's of this owl: between branches or with the eyes closed, but this is a beauty in action!
(Ralf did good work in his workshop.)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-15 21:26]

Hello Paul,
Wonderful action shot of this fine bird, your capture has great composition, colors and details, thanks for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-16 9:34]

Hi Paul.
Very expressive picture and nice captured scene. I like excellent details of the image, its perfect composition and your POV. When the sky is not so coloured I usually try to replace its original colour on blue colour tones. It is not so difficult with PS and sometimes does picture more pleasant to eye. Well done and TFS. My best regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-16 17:05]

Hej Paul,
I love the way you've captured this owl with his wings flapping. Sharp details and a very nice composition.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-17 21:32]

Hello Paul

Awesome shot.I would love to see that for myself.Excellent timing,with sharp detail.Nicely composed in the frame.TFS


Hi Paul,

A wonderful shot that managed to capture the majesty that this bird deserves.

A very good POV and great details!


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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-03-29 8:44]

Hoi Paul,
even commentaar op je fraaie serie foto's van Afrika. Te veel om tegelijk te becommentarieren, maar ik pik deze er even uit. In Limburg ben ik nu naar Oehoe's aan het speuren en tot zover drie broedpaar. Deze uil ziet er toch wel heel anders uit, maar niet minder indrukwekkend.

Groeten, Jacob

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