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I Am the Brave One

I Am the Brave One
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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: 2005-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Great Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-21 2:56
Viewed: 4016
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi All,
This is a juvenile Burrowing Owl that allowed me to come quite close as his siblings scurried into their burrow. This image was taken the same time that my other images of the five siblings were shot.

Burrowing Owl
Athene cunicularia

General Description

By Nora Bryan

This endangered owl is just "hanging on" on the northern limits of its range in southeastern Alberta. These small owls wing south for winter, as far as Texas or Mexico, and possibly farther.

The Burrowing Owl is a specialist of the open plains. Flat stretches of lightly grazed short grass prairie, undisturbed by human activity and unpolluted by pesticide residue are necessary for this gregarious owl's success. It can be spotted in daylight standing on a mound near its nest entrance or on a fence post as it prepares for an evening hunt.

In the daytime, these long-legged owls run about the nest site snatching up insects such as grasshoppers and dung beetles that abound in the short grass prairie. At night, the adults take to wing, cruising silently for mice and voles.

The burrowing owl doesn't actually dig out it's own burrow but rather nests in abandoned ground squirrel or badger burrows. A bit of refurbishment is done by a pair -- digging dirt and flinging it out of the burrow with their feet. The nest is fashioned from a bit of dried vegetation or some dried cattle manure at the end of the burrow. Six to ten white eggs are laid. The owlets can protect themselves in the burrow by making alarm calls that sound like a riled up rattlesnake. At about six weeks old, the young owls are fledged.

from weaselhead.org

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-21 3:09]

WOW! What a fantastic and lovely portrait of this proud and beautiful bird! I love the keen clear eye and the perfectly sharp details as well as the wonderful DOF and composition. I think it most interesting that these birds nest in ground burrows. I didn't know it.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-21 5:42]

Is is strange, Rick, more and more your pictures look different from a year ago, there is something in it, I guess it is becoming your style, more precise and personal. This portrait is very simple, yet it is fantastic and says a lot about this beautiful owl. The light is great and the colours very well exposed. thank you my friend!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-21 5:43]

Hello Rick,
A delightful close portrait of a juvenile Burrowing Owl taken from your archives. The pose, POV, technical qualities and composition are excellent and the OOF Bg helps show him up well in the fine lighting.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2008-10-21 6:34]

Hi Rick,
Very good and informative note. The picture is beautiful. He is as handsome as he is bold. Great capture!

hello Rick

a very beautiful portrait shot of the Burrowing Owl
with very fine POV and framing, beautiful colours,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Nice archival Rick...Send me one..it fits into my autumnal feeling..I am trying to arrange a winter video..and getting an early start...Snowy owls..do you have those there as well? Good show. I have one on my wall as I type...as a matter of fact it yours:-0

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-21 9:24]

Hi Rick,

Unbelievable that you were so close to this youngster. You didn't waste the opportunity - a fantastic portrait. How could you have kept this hidden for three years? The face is gorgeous - the eye, beak and textures are amazing. Looks like he's smiling for the camera. Beautiful plummage, colors, background and a superb composition.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-21 9:45]

Hello Rick
Wonderful shot of this owl.Beautiful colour and detail.Excellent POV and DOF. A very well composed portrait.TFS
Regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-21 11:26]

Hi Rick. i like the light in this picture of the owl. Such fine detail in the feathers and large eye. all with natural colours. With a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-10-21 11:58]

Hello Rick,

A great portrait of this owl. Excellent focus and sharpness. Great light and wonderful colours.

Hello Rick,
You are definitely sharing a wonderful world. You always find these special animals. This one is no exception. Extraordinary portrait of a juvenile Burrowing Owl.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-21 12:37]

Hello Rick,
Fantastic portrait of this Burrowing Owl. The sharpness and details are very good. Excellent POV, DOF and composition. Beautiful natural colours.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-10-21 19:04]

Hi Rick
Excellent portrait.Nice composition and very sharp image.Excellent plumage detail.Also beautiful OOF Bg and greta expresiion in your subject eye.
TFS Michel

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-22 11:08]

Hi Rick
A very nice portrait.Good colours and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-23 12:57]
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This is a brilliant shot, Rick!
You've captured this cute Owl really well.
Great clarity and detail.
Excellent composition.
I love that yellow eye :-)

Very well done,

p.s how close were you?

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-10-23 15:41]

Hola Rick. Great sharpness in this beautiful photo. Lovely pose and what a beautiful color of his eyes.
Nice to be back here again, I have been very busy working in the ranch to far away from internet. Say hi to Lucy for me Ok.

Hi Rick
quite close you say? I would tell this is incredibly close!
just perfect compo!

Hello Rick,
Great shot, superb sharpness and depth of field, beautiful natural colors, lovely light, excellent clarity and fantastic details in the plummage and eye.

Hello Rick

An amazing POV for this one.
The colours are rich and well saturated.
Lovely eye detail and colour,the yellow really stands out against the deep green of the grasses.
Nicely composed in the frame.


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