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Northern Hawk Owl

Northern Hawk Owl
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Copyright: Wolf Power (Wolfpower) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 3 N: 334] (1075)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikon AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm 1:4.5-5.6ED, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-01 15:47
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Northern Hawk Owl Surnia ulula

The Northern Hawk Owl is a high latitude owl,that lives in the northern boreal forest.It winters further south.It is a diurnal owl and quite approachable.This owl wintered in a little copse between some corn fields in a small town a short distance north of where I live.
The small wooded area it perched in daily was surrounded by trails.The owl was perched on a low branch a metre and a half above the ground.When I stopped and crouched down to observe it ,it began observing me.To my surprise and delight,it flew towards me and perched on a stump close to me,then a tree to my left and then a tree behind me.It gave me many back drops to use and different light.After checking me out it returned to a higher perch next to the corn field.
The Hawk Owl has more of a falcon shape to it than typical owl shape. This is a strictly diurnal owl, medium sized, tame, earless, and has habits that resemble some of the smaller hawks (hence its name). It has a long rounded tail, relatively pointed wings, and fast flight with bursts of wing beats and glides. The owl is rich dark brown on the backside with large white spots on the outer wings and scapulars and some thin white bars on the tail feathers, the crown thickly spotted. A black line starts at the middle top of each eye, curves up and around the sides of the grayish-white facial disk. There is white around the tops and sides of the bill and a white line extending up the eyebrows and bordering the black line to its highest point at the top if the facial disk. At this point the black line encircling the facial disk splits into a second line, on each side, that curves over the head down the back of the neck dividing the sides and back of the head into three areas. The sides are spotted almost to solid white. The chin is deep brown completing the facial disk. The underside (chest, flanks, and belly) has heavy, short brown, broken bars on a white base. The underside of the tail is also barred brown and white and the underside of the wings are like the rest of the underside (broken brown bars). The bill is light yellow and the iris is lemon yellow. Legs and feet are feathered.
Thanks for looking.

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hello Wolf

happy to see from your photos again on TN,
i wish you will post more photos in coming weeks,
an excellent photo of the Northern Hawk Owl
with fine frontal POV, fine framing, superb focus
sharpness and details of the foreground
and a wonderful eye-contact of the bird, TFS


Hi Rob
Awesome!!! Hawk Owls are such a unique looking Owls. Your portrait shows off his wonderful plumage perfectly. Your colours are fantastic, as are the details and lighting. He's a real beauty.
TFS Janice

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-04-01 21:47]

Excellent capture taken with great details and natural colors

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-02 0:52]

What a fantastic photo, Wolf!
And good to see a photo from you.
Superb sharpness in the feathers of this Hawk Owl. Great pose and POV with eye-contact. Beautiful natural colours and a very good composition. I like it very much!

Hello Wolf,

Wonderful Habitat picture, fine details, well done TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-02 4:05]

Hello Wolf,
A very fine and pleasing Owl picture. The way the bird looks to the beholder and the fine blue background make this picture very attractive.
The decentred composition is well chosen too.
Happy to see agian a picture from you!
Kins regards and Happy Easter

Great capture of a very interesting bird.
Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

Hello Wolf
it's a long imes since your last post, it's nice to see you again
this owl is fantastic, with superb details and nice plumage
lovely natural environment, i like his look directly in your camera
Have a great WE

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-05 3:41]

Hi Rob,
lovely view of this owl. The staring eyes are really exciting.
The feathers are well shown in good details and mostly the branch gives a good artistic composition.
Nice elements and pleasant view.


Hi Wolf,

The branches and the tree are freaming well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Northern Hawk Owl. The blurred background is poutting in evidence the bird. The light has agood effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-05 8:11]

Hello Rob,
A great capture of the Northern Hawk Owl.
The POV and pose show the features with nice sharpness and colours against an OOF natural BG. The eye contact is also great.
Thanks, it's nice to see you posting again,

Hi Rob
Fantastic shot and beautiful bird. Razor sharp image with great compo, nice blured background and delicate pastel colours.

Nice owl shot, I have always wanted to get one in the wild but they are never around maybe one day...excellent shot, very sharp and fine detail

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-19 12:14]

Hello Rob,
This image is wonderful Rob for two things, the subject is so sharply focus and i have missed your incredible talent here on TrekNature. Spectacular image Rob, thank you.

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