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Great Horned Owl 2

Great Horned Owl 2
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird of Prey photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-28 19:20
Viewed: 3600
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Done in Tommy Thomson Park, Lake Ontario

Found from the Arctic tundra to the tropical rainforest, from the desert to suburban backyards, the Great Horned Owl is one of the most widespread and common owls in North America.

Large owl.
Prominent ear tufts widely spaced on head.

Size: 46-63 cm (18-25 in)
Wingspan: 101-145 cm (40-57 in)
Weight: 910-2500 g (32.12-88.25 ounces

Other Names
Grand-duc d'Amérique (French)
Búsho cornudo (Spanish)

Cool Facts

-The Great Horned Owl is the only animal that regularly eats skunks.

-The Great Horned Owl will take large prey, even other raptorial birds. It regularly kills and eats other owls, and is an important predator on nestling Ospreys. The reintroduction of Peregrine Falcons has been hampered in some areas by owls killing both adult and nestling falcons.

-The Great Horned Owl is a regular victim of harassment from flocks of American Crows. Crows congregate from long distances to mob owls, and may continue yelling at them for hours. The enmity of the crows is well earned, however, as the owl is probably the most important predator on adult crows and nestlings.
(from "All About Birds")

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Hello Mario,

Super shot of this owl. Excellent details and sharpness in a rather angry post. I like the inclusion of the branches making this very natural and well managed light and depth. Good job for top quality image.


Hey Mario,
Wonderful shot of this Great Horned Owl, the detail is stunning, amazing colours, excellent POV, well framed and presented, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hello Mario
Another great capture of Great Horned Owl. It looked very carefully to you and nicely comouflaged on tree. Sharp focus, great POV and composition. Great work. TFS, well done

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-28 21:16]

Hello Mario,
It's late and I'm running out of time
So I'm just marking today.. Congratulations


Hi Mario

yeehaaa, I love this pose of owls, it is like they are sleepy and also looking at you:)) lovly shot with good composition and very good details. Nice POV as well.
well done

Good take, i always like the snowy environment match with nature. DOF n POV are nice.
Best regards,

Hi Mario, this is an awesome shot of this Great Horned Owl, with your very close detail. Great composition with those eyes of his right in the sweet spot of the frame. What a stare?

Thanks, John

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2008-02-29 2:37]

Hi Mario, fabulous shot, must be a great park as good home to such wildlife. Beautiful Owl with perfect pov, nice and clean and sharp, great focus and exposure. Wonderful all round.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-29 4:00]

Hi Mario,

This owl is watching you!! Very rare owl, I have never seen this species before. TFS.



That is a wonderful shot! Excellent detail, great colors and a very nice pose of the owl. Excellent work.


hello Mario


what a wonderful close-up shot you did of this Great Horned Owl,
excellent luminosity of your image, with excellent sharpness
and details of the plumage, and a GREAT eye-contact, TFS


This is a super capture of a great horned owl. It is not easy to get such an unobstructed view in the wild. The composition is perfect in my opinion. I agree with Babak, that the image looks a bit under-saturated on my monitor. I like his workshop.

Evelynn : )

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-29 12:55]

Bonjour Mario
Très belle prise, belle netteté, couleurs et contraste. Excellente gestion de l'exposition, bravo.
Amicalement Robi

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-01 7:07]

Hola Mario.
Muy bella la foto. Exelente claridad y alta definicion en la presentacion. Muy hermosos colores y fina pose de este Buho. Parece estar sonriendo para tu lente.
Saludos Mario.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-03-01 11:21]

Hi Mario
Excellent presentationI like that eye's contact that you had with your subject.Good POV and sharp image.The text is very good.
TFS Michel

Stupenda immagine di questo bellissimo rapace notturno, ottimi dettagli e colori. Molto bello ed "espressivo" lo sguardo diretto. Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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