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Eurasian Eagle Owl

Eurasian Eagle Owl
Photo Information
Copyright: Stephan Duchesne (iglootrek) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 10 N: 460] (1623)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, CMOS ISO 400
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-15 9:01
Viewed: 4516
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo)

The upperparts are brown-black and tawny-buff, showing as dense freckling on the forehead and crown, stripes on the nape, sides and back of the neck, and dark splotches on the pale ground colour of the back, mantle and scapulars. A narrow buff band, freckled with brown buff, runs up from the base of the bill, above the inner part of the eye and along the inner edge of the black-brown, "ear-tufts".
The rump and upper tail-coverts are delicately patterned with dark vermiculations and fine wavy barring. The facial disc is tawny-buff, speckled with black-brown, so densely on the outer edge of the disc as to form a "frame" around the face. Chin and throat are white continuing down the centre of the upper breast
The whole of the underparts except for chin, throat and centre of upper breast is covered with fine dark wavy barring, on a tawny-buff ground colour. Legs and feet are likewise marked on a buff ground colour but more faintly.
The tail is tawny-buff, mottled dark grey-brown with about six black-brown bars.
Bill and claws are black, the iris is orange (yellow in some subspecies).

58-71cm (22.8-28")

Female 2280-4200g (80.4-158oz)
Male 1620-3000g (57.1-105.8oz)

Average Wing Length (one wing only):
Female 47.8cm (18.8")
Male 44.8cm (17.6")

Active mainly at dusk to dawn. Flight is noiseless, whith soft wingbeats interrupted by gliding when flying over long distance. Will sometimes soar.

A deep, monotonous "oohu-oohu-oohu". The female's call is slightly higher than the male's.

Picture taken at the Aquarium de Quebec

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Hi Stephan
Great eye contact ;-)
lovely bg, perfect exposure and sharpness
great portrait
maybe I would crop a little bit on the left side

félicitaiton pour se portrait l animal est magnifique et la profondeur de champ est très bonne.
Salutations Jeff

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-11-15 9:42]

hi stephan,
wonderful picture,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-15 9:58]

Great detail and color. Wonderful DOF and background

Gorgeous eyes Stephan.
very pure and sharp shot. great colour and composition. Well done. TFS. Steve

Hello Stephan,
Perfect DOF with exposure and focus!
excellent sharpness, vivid colour and so much details in the shot!
very well composed and good useful notes indeed!
thanks for sharing
greeting from NZ

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-16 1:32]

Hello Stephan,
You captured a fantastic portrait!
sharpness and exposure are amazing
eye look great
Regards, Dejan

Salut Stéphan,
D'abord bonjour! Je pense que c'est la première fois que je j'ai la chance de commenter tes photos!
Celle-ci est simplement SUPERBEMENT BIEN RÉALISÉE! Un focus et une netteté dans les fins détails irréprochable!
Les yeux de cet oiseau sont FANTASTIQUES.
Bel arrière plan.
BAVO et merci et à la prochaine j'espère...


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-16 9:58]

Hello Stephan,
Beautiful portrait of this Eagle Owl. Great details, exposure, colours and catchlight in the eye. Fantastic DOF and BG.

brilliant pose. The background enhances the beauty of the bird.
I might have chosen to get him a little off center to the left.

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