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Northern Hawk Owl

Northern Hawk Owl
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-14 16:34
Viewed: 3581
Points: 44
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Northern Hawk Owl
Surnia ulula

I was out in the foothills today on another adventure and came across this Northern Hawk Owl. He was perched on top of a pine tree scanning the ground for lunch.

The Northern Hawk Owl is a medium sized owl with a long tail. His face is white with a black border and wings are short and pointed. His crown and forehead are dark with many white spots and his under parts white with heavy brown bars.

The sky today was filled with ice crystals which created a grey background. It's the first time I've come across this species of owl. He was interesting to watch and to hear his call.

I'm dedicating this image to John (ubc64) and Kathy Reasbeck for their love of birds.

Hand Held

Adanac, jeanpaul, tkp1165, Heaven, eng55, horias, Miss_Piggy, ubc64, CeltickRanger, Juyona, roges, boreocypriensis, jusninasirun, rousettus has marked this note useful
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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-14 16:50]
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Hello Janice,
Superb capture of an owl I haven't seen myself. The weather in your neck of the woods looked fantastic today, a great day to get out and find subjects like this one. Great composition, colors and focus Janice. Thanks for this fantastic posting. Look who I'm beside in the gallery too.

Salut Janice

C'est un excellant rise de vue que tu as réussi-la avec une belle expression dans son regard.La composition est très belle avec de beaux détails dans le plumage et de belles couleurs
Merci et au revoir...JP


I love the stare of the owl.Its very nice of you to include the birds environment too.
Good composition.. Keep them coming
Can you let me know the time of your shot ?

HI Janice, You captured a great shot of this Owl. I like the eye contact. well done!! TFS

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-14 21:37]

Hello Janice
Thanks for sharing this wonderful bird I never seen. It is very rare in my country.

Hi Janice...

this is 1st time for me!!!can you pls.tell me,what is Avg.size for this Hawk Owl??Tfs


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-02-14 21:51]

Dear Janice!

The Hawk Owl is very impressive. I like its pose and the powerful view very much. Your composition with the bird sitting on the top of a tree highlights the majestic impression that emanates from the bird. I also appreciate your concise and informative notes.

Kind regards


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-14 22:07]

Hi Janice,
Very nice capture against sky.He seems a little angry:)
Exposure,POV,eye contact and details are wonderful.
Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-14 23:20]

Hi Janice
A lovely hawk today!
I like the position on the top of the tree!
Great shot!

Hallo Janice
This image is beautiful and has lots of impact. This Northern Hawk Owl sitting high up on the tree looks like it is guarding the area. It has a very proud pose and I like the direct eye contact. A striking photograph. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-02-14 23:51]

Hi Janice,

Kathy and I appreciate your dedicating this photo to us. As you said, we do both love to watch birds. Often, we don't really see them properly until a good photo is taken. The one you have presented is indeed one such capture. There he is at the top of that pine tree looking for any small creature that moves. When it does, he'll swoop down, with his hawk-like wings, diving into the snow, if necessary, to grab his meal. We enjoyed being able to view your excellent photo of a Northern Hawk Owl very much!

See you,

hello Janice

excellent photo of the Northern Hawk Owl, with fine POV
and appropriate framing, fine focus sharpness and details,
and a owl style expression eye-contact, TFS


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-02-15 6:23]

Hola amiga,
great capture and pov. nice perch ...
attractive image,
saludos Janice.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-15 9:55]

Hi Janice,
Exceptional image and capture it.
Exceptional color and detail are presented.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-15 10:56]

Hello Janice,
Fantastic photo of this Northern Hawk Owl in a superb composition. Great frontal POV with impressive eye-contact. Beautiful natural colours. Good sharpness.

Hi Janice

Great shot of this owl hunting in the daytime. Good composition and sharpness.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-02-16 20:24]

Hello Janice,
I have never seen this particular bird before. It certainly resembles a hawk and an owl in one body. Excellent detail and exposure with beautiful natural colors. Very interesting bird of prey indeed!! TFS.

Hi Janice,
Wow! This is a beautiful speciec, I'm always envious of others who get to photograph owls. They are an amazing looking animal. I have been doing a lot of research on owls in hopes to find them more frequently so far it has paid off as the last time I went out we discovered 3 owls in one night. I would have to say the hawk owl is probably the most streamline sports edition of the species, it is gorgeous and I hope to find this one at the end of my lens.
Paul :)

Hi my special capricorn friend janice:)

Good job with the POV and exposure. The expression on Northern Hawk Owl's face does indeed say it all. She noticed the fact that you're taking her photo:)
TFS anfd have a nice Sunday!


nice capture, TFS Ori

Hi Janice.

This is so beautiful.
I like the way you have included the tree with the owl perched right on top.
Very good detail in this shot against the spotless sky.
I like it and thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

Hello Janice
Northern Hawk Owl is one of the species, I'd like see in nature. you are lucky to see it and captured with a great shot. POV, composition, focus and eyes contact great. thanks for sharing. best wishes and have a nice week.

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