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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's favourites, Alex99 favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-31 3:51
Viewed: 4451
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the past I have posted a few photos of Burrowing Owls, but I noticed it has just been the young. Well todays' posting is the father of that group. He would always fly to a fence post and click his beak, this would send the young ones down into the burrow. Then he would give me that stern looking owl stare, as if to say back off. Well over time this family came to accept me not as a threat but just as a curious on looker, the beak clicking stopped and the young ones stayed up to watch me as I watched them. Even Mom and Dad went about their normal business and no longer came to the fence to intercept me.
I must apologize I have been working very long hours with this extremely cold weather, so I have just been marking your great postings and awarding points so I don't lose them, I have days off coming so I will get back to critiquing them, so thanks for being patient with me.

Jamesp, ramthakur, eqshannon, fartash, jaycee, vanderschelden, earthtraveler, Alex99, dejo, nglen, MMM, CeltickRanger, Luis52, Evelynn, Miss_Piggy, NinaM, angela926 has marked this note useful
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Hello Rick,
Well indeed, that is one charming fellow!
A very determined glance, I'm convinced this guy won't give way to anyone, hehehe...
DOF spot on and superb details, effective 3-D effect!
Pablo -

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-31 4:24]

Hi Rick

Magnificent!! The eyes are superb as is the detail throughout!

Into my favourites.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-31 4:46]

Hello Rick,
This is superb: a top class shot of an adult Burrowing Owl of excellent technical standard, great composition and fine bokeh BG that makes him really stand out.
You may be busy at work right now but Iam glad you could post this delightful shot! I have decided to start my file of favourites and this is the first one!
Thanks Rick,

Hello Rick
Really amazing shot of this cool guy. Excellent details, pose and colours.
Well done and TFS

A perfect shot, Rick.
The Burrowing Owl looks very sharp and crisp against a neat BG.
Well done and thanks for sharing this super shot.

an unusually slight looking creature this one is Rick. As if the short guy with the mean look and the hard fist in a street gang. super capture and well posted from your archives with notations as well!

Nice shot of dad. Very nice BG. Great detail on the owl and I like his yellow eyes.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-31 7:45]

Super-duper shot Rick!!!!
The eye-contact is excellent!
Very, very sharp with incredible detail and superb clarity.
Fabulous POV and a perfect composition.
Nice colours and lighting.
Very, very well done,

Hello Rick
Wonderful shot of this Burrowing Owl,
Perfect pose,details and BG,Welldone my friend.

Good luck


I love this,
I like that you put him off to the side,
Love the BG, really make him stand out,
Great image,


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-31 8:16]

Hi Rick,

A fantastic shot of this Burrowing Owl. He looks to be posing for you and staring right at the camera. Those big yellow eyes are amazing. Excellent colors and superb details. The background perfect and makes him stand out even more. I think this is one of the best owl pictures I have seen.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-01-31 8:27]

Hi Rick,

Very good picture. Eye contact makes photo look great. Eyes color as well as plumage look great. Congrats for the clear details of the bird plumage.

Berst regards,

Hi Rick,
waht a shot!! beautiful image. I get scarred to look at it. I could imagine your position infront of it. Well tried picture, with nice Bg and lighting

Is this Rick from a year or so ago? ohoooh;-)
Technically outstanding!
And a pro gem as well.
Everything but disappointed.
Congrats and of course thank you for sharing...

Wondeful shot of "Dad", Rick
Super pose on this post and the eyes are incredible!
Well done, TFS

Hi Rick,
This guy is posing for you! What a beautiful picture with excellent composition and impressive eye contact! You are lucky!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-31 10:56]

Bravo, my dear friend.
Outstanding, wonderful picture. Great subject, amazing specimen, fantastic BG and all other components of high end photo art.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-31 12:46]

Hi Rick. Great big eyes and feet. it looks a fair size. you have captured it with fine detail and natural looking colours. a very nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-31 14:08]

Hello Rick
That is a fabulous capture.Excellent eye's contact and very sharp image whit great details.Color are very nice.
TFS Michel

hello Rick

excellent composition and a funny image, why funny ?
because this dad is a grand-pa, looking at his eyes
it is if he has eyeglasses, a grand-pa eyeglasses (laughing)

what a great eye contact with your camera lens, TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-31 15:41]

Hi Rick.
Nice photo, but Your note is very interesting. Some times wild amimales accept Us like their friends.
I like the way he is looking at You too.

This is a fabulous image Rick. I love the soft green background. The details are fantastic. A+ !!

No need to apologize to me. I am so far behind on TN I haven't even posted anything in several weeks!! I think I have my new computer almost ready to go... new computer, new operating system, new monitor, and old brain. Not a good combination.

Thanks for the great post.

Evelynn : )

Hello Rick,
splendid portrait for a splendid Owls, very clear sharp and neat, and superbly composed,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-01 0:46]

Hi Rick,
Magnificent!!! Pose, sharpness, clarity, background... you done it perfectly!
great work!
best regards, Dejan

Hallo Rick
Even looking at the thumbnail only this owl eyes burnt at me. They are enormous in size and the colour is just breathtaking. I think when one looks long enough you will easily be hypnotised. This is a brilliant shot of this very fabulous looking Burrowing Owl. Stunning detail all over. Lovely pose and focus is spot-on. I just like the colour of the plumage. It looks like somebody has taken a paintbrush and dipped in white paint and just made some blotches on the feathers. Good presentation from the lens of an excellent photographer. Thanks for sharing. It was most enjoyable to look at. Have a lovely weekend.
Kind regards

Hi Rick,
IL est vraiment impressoinnant et d'une grande netteté avec des couleurs très natrelles.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-01 19:53]

Hi Rick,

Well, I don't know if he stayed long like this but he definitely seems to want you to take his picture. The eye contact is unbelivable, a fantastic shot with perfect sharpness, nicely framed with an excellent blurry background. Congratulations!


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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-02-02 4:41]

Hi Rick,
Excellent photo! All, colors, details, background, subject, bird ! Congratulation!

Hello Rick,

No time, just marking today.

Hi Rick,
What a stunning photo. The eyes are just hypnotic. How in the .... did you get him to face you while you took the photo. Did you make the sound of a little mice? The perfect soft green BG enhances the silhoutte of the owl and matches the eyes perfectly.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-02 21:31]

Hello Rick

Those eyes could burrow through you!
Wonderful POV ,excellent DOF.
The focus is sharp with a wonderful OOF BG.
The plumage detail is well defined.
Awesome eye contact and detail.
The colours are well saturated.


Hello Rick,
Fantastic shot, good composition and point of view,excellent sharpness and very good shallow depth of field,great colors and light, superb details. Fantastic eyes!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-08 10:57]

Hello Rick,
This beauty I missed so far. What a shame! Fantastic photo of this Burrowing Owl. Very sharp details with splendid light and excellent details. Great composition, BG, POV and DOF.

Bonjour Rick
Superbe prise, excellente netteté, couleurs et cadrage, excellente gestion de l'exposition.
Félicitations, amicalement Robi

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