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Eagle Owl

Eagle Owl
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-22 9:54
Viewed: 3106
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Photographed in Artis, Amsterdam.
Not in a aviary but in the open.
Next to this European Bubo, was sitting this one the Canadian equivalent. Plumage colour is different and especially the eyes; orange compared to yellow.
Both are young owls.

The Eagle Owl is a very large and powerful bird, similar in size, but typically slightly smaller than the Golden Eagle. It is the largest species of owl with a wingspan of up to 200 cm. Adult females can weigh in excess of 4 kg (8.8 lbs), in comparison the common Barn Owl weighs about 500 grams (1.1 lbs). It mainly feeds on small mammals, but can kill prey up to the size of foxes and young deer (up to 10 kg/22 lbs), if taken by surprise. Larger prey (over 3 kg/6.6 lbs) is consumed on the ground which leaves the bird vulnerable (i.e. to other foxes). It will also take many other birds including other birds of prey.

The call of the Eagle Owl is a deep resonant “ooh-hu” with emphasis on the first syllable for the male, and a more high-pitched uh-Hu for the female (in German, the name of this bird is "Uhu"). A recent study has shown that these calls are easily individualized. It means that each member of an Eagle Owl population can be individually identified by means of its vocalizations . The Eagle Owl's scientific name comes from its deep booming call. The word "bubo," based on the call, has referred to owls, particularly the Eagle Owl, since the Dark Ages, and is mentioned in Middle English bestiaries.

The size, ear tufts and orange eyes make this a very distinctive species. It has a strong direct flight. The difference between the male and female is very recognisable as the male's ear tufts are more upright than the female's, while hers are usually drooping down.

The horned owls are a part of the larger grouping of owls known as the typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping is the barn owls, Tytonidae.(wiki)

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Shooting Date/Time
16/06/2007 14:49:21
Shooting Mode
Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
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ISO Speed
98.0 - 280.0mm
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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-22 9:57]

Hi Annick,
Outstanding portrait shot of the Eagle Owl. Those gorgeous yellow eyes look cool as well as fiery. Worderful colour tones and sharpness on its plummage and spot-on focus. I like your eye contact POV and the smooth BG. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Wonderful image, the colour and in particular the eyes are so intense.

Magnifique gros plan avec tant de détails.

Beautiful owl portrait Annick.
Composition, sharpness and exposure are great as usual.
Love the clarity in the wonderful eye and the green color tones in the BG.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend, Harry

hi annick,
lovely portrait shot, lovely composition, very nice focus, sharp image with good details,excellent eye contact,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Annick,
Definitely a strong head shot of this magnificant owl, the colors of the plumage are very natural and those piercing yellow eyes draws the viewer in for a spectacular close up presentation. :)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-22 10:17]

Hi Annick,
a decent shot of this Eagle Owl.
Very sharp and very detailed.
Well done,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-22 11:23]

Hi Annick,

Marvelous portrait of this owl with the piercing orange eyes. Looks as if he is glaring at you. Wonderful colors and details.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-22 11:48]

Annick, Amazing eyes and very sharp shot. The eyes says all TFS Ganesh

Hi Annick,
A wonderful portrait of this owl. Do you know these are the only birds which can turn their head 180 Deg. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Annick.
Well it's an excellent portrait, I must admit. The eyes are clear and sharp, excellent exposure and color..Very nice POV, BG, and sharp details as well.
Very well done :)

Hello Annick very successful portrait photo of this " The symbol of wisement and maturity " bird.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-06-22 19:27]

Hello Annick,
Wonderful portrait shot. Details are crisp clear.I liked POV,sharpness,lighting and framing a lot.

Hi Annick.
Stunning detail, those eyes just perfect.
Composition of portrait great with fantastic detail, colour and sharpness.
Wonderful image

New Zealand

A beautiful and majestic portrait! Great details and the eyes are just awesome in color! Bravo! Cheers, Klaus!

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