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Snowy Owl 1

Snowy Owl 1
Photo Information
Copyright: Doug Brown (dB_grafix) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 9 N: 624] (3019)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-300ED, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-25 5:47
Viewed: 2793
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This huge yellow-eyed white bird is unmistakable. It is 53-65 cm long with a 125-150 cm wingspan. The adult male is virtually pure white, but females and young birds have some dark scalloping; the young are heavily barred, and dark spotting may even predominate. Its thick plumage, heavily-feathered feet, and coloration render the Snowy Owl well-adapted for life north of the Arctic Circle.
This species of owl nests on the ground, building a scrape on top of a mound or boulder. A site with good visibility, ready access to hunting areas, and a lack of snow is chosen. Gravel bars and abandoned eagle nests may be used. Breeding occurs in May, and depending on the amount of prey available, clutch sizes range from 5 to 14 eggs, which are laid singly, approximately every other day over the course of several days. Hatching takes place approximately five weeks after laying, and the pure white young are cared for by both parents.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-03-25 15:30]

Hi Doug,
Nice shot, I like the concept of the Owl in the middle of all of that space, I think it adds artistic value to the image. I do find the space to Owl ratio a bit overwhelming though, I think a crop would improve that and possible allow us to see more detail on the Owl. I think a fairly strong crop would still leave 5MP or so. I see you were at maximum focal length and if you could have gotten closer (I don't know what the terrain was like) I imagine the Owl would have taken flight as soon as you moved towards it anyway.

It's a good capture though, showing us this bird in it's natural habitat and eye contact is always a bonus.


How special to capture this owl in the wild. I love the angles of the wood he is sitting on. Nice natural color...
I agree with Adrian about cropping a bit off the top and right side...if you had enough resolution to play with.

Thanks for sharing
Evelynn : )

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-04-01 20:25]

Hello Doug,
I like this shot as it is. It shows well the habitat of this owl and also impacts the viewer with this wide and gloomy landscape.
This owl looks almost like a ghost in this surroundings :-)
Best greetings,

Hi Doug.
Very impressive picture. I really love this pic, great photo. Very well done. tfs. Stev.

Wow, this is an incredible moment.
I love how that regardless of the shallow DOF it seems that the BG goes on forever.

Hello Doug !
I like this picture, it is qo beautiful ! The soft colors and the beautiful atmosphere are spendid, and I really like all the space around the owl - makes him look so small... The composition and POV are excellent too, and it's nice to have the owl looking at you. Very well done !

bonjour Doug

voici un genre d'image que j'aime,
l'oiseau dans son milieu naturel mais o l'on voit
dans l'image le mileu naturel d'oiseau

l'on vois trop souvent des photos de hiboux
plein grandeur dans l'image, ta photo o
le hibou est petit avec tout autour la nature
cela donne un autre dimension l'image



I don't know how I've missed this one before - - - great composition! Love the hazy background - feels like a cold morning indeed!
What a precarious perch! And how were you situated when you captured this one?
Wonderful shot!

Hello Doug
You've captured an nice wilderness image that shows the vastness and the beauty of this Snowy Owl and his domain so well. The mist is a nice effect. I may have put the owl more to one side. A wonderful image just the same.
TFS Janice

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