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European Eagle Owl

European Eagle Owl
Photo Information
Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon 75-300mm ISUSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): E.Y.E.S, Animal portraits, Owls all over the world, Best wildlife shots, Great Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-29 8:55
Viewed: 6656
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The European Eagle Owl is the largest species of owl in the world. Living over much of mainland Europe although more widespread in the Scandinavian area, these owls are woodland hunters.

Woodland owls can be recognised by the "ear tufts" on the head, these have nothing to do with the hearing of the birds, and they are thought to be used for display purposes and possibly to break the silhouette and aid in camouflage.

The sheer size of these birds means they are capable of taking prey the size of a fox or small deer although they will be happier catching smaller prey and regularly hunt for rabbit.

They are excellent silent hunters, using stealth and surprise as their main weapons. Female birds can weigh up to 9lbs while the males, while still large, are considerably smaller.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS Windows
Exposure Time: 1/100 sec
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 240/1 mm
Date Taken: 2005-03-20 15:42
Metering Mode: Pattern

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Hallo Stephen!
What wonderful eyes. Great portrait with marvelous colours!

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-03-29 9:10]

A great portrait!
Wonderful details, well framed, and these eyes...
A success, for sure!

Hi Stephen, very nice detailed portrait, the clarity of the eye and colour are spot on, well taken.

Very nice Stephen. Excellent portrait..20 points! Well done.

Great portrait Stephen.
Wonderful sharpness and details, good Dof and well framed.
Excellent work, well done!

Great shot!
Beautiful portrait. Perfect "everything" ;-)
Well done!

Superbe portrait Stephen, très réussi.
Ce regard est vraiement intriguant.
Bravo !

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-29 11:12]

Superbe ce portrait, excellente qualité dans les couleurs et la netteté !
Very well done !

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-03-29 12:12]

Excellent shot!!Very nice portrait with good details.

Good to see you back Stephen,
Excellent portrait shot. I love the eyes, superb details and colours.
Was this owl in an enclosure?
Thanks for posting

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-29 14:43]

Perfect portrait Stephen. Hypnotic eyes but little bored face. What a beautiful bird!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-29 15:14]

Hi Stephen, lovely portrait. The lighting is great and I love the crop. Those eyes are fantastic. Well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-29 15:52]

A beautiful portrait of the Euro Eagle Owl. Excelent details and composition. Well done.


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  • urban Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 4 N: 79] (413)
  • [2005-03-29 15:53]

Incredible eyes. good dof with the sharpnes exactly in the eyes.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-03-29 16:45]

Great shot Stephen, a beautiful owl caught in lovely light, with great details and colours.
Good note, thanks for sharing.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-29 22:04]

Beau spécimen avec de belles couleurs et beaucoup de détails dans le plumage.

Félicitations pour le regard et la netteté.

Very good portrait Stephen.
Great details, composition and very nice colours, The eyes are wonderful.
Very well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-30 3:26]

Wonderful owl portrait!
Eyes of the owl,details,sharpness and DOF are
Sorry points tomorrow.

Lovely portrait Stephen. They are lovely creatures. I have seen them only in captivity before. Great shot, very well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-30 10:03]

Stephen, this is very nice. A great portrait.

Pov and composition are simply perfect.

Stunning photo.

Very nice portrait, he looks very sad (or bored).
Good colours and details.
Well done.

Your subject seems a little disgruntled and mysterious to me, Stephen. What a wonderful job you did in capturing him. Good note also. Thank you.

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2005-03-30 16:56]

Very nice! Yhank you for sharing that! **

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-03-31 20:14]

His eyes..are wonderfull ! great expression... i like the colours & sharpness on this splendid photo Stephen, the composition is excellent.

Très belle image,j'aime beaucoup l'expression de l'oiseau et vous avez réalisé un superbe portrait, les couleurs sont brillantes et la définition parfaite.

Well done !

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-04-01 14:38]

Great capture ! A wonderful realisation, nice work.


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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-04-04 9:52]

great portrait. beautiful colours. great details on eyes.

WOW, Stephen, what a beautiful post.
Not a critic but a joy to look at it. Congrats.
Regards, Felipe.
Pts. later.

The bird looks as if it knows something we don't.
Great composition!
Thanks for sharing Steven

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