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Hooting and Hiding

Hooting and Hiding
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX30IS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-04 7:57
Viewed: 3719
Points: 34
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The hooting was loud and clear but there was no owl in sight. I extended the zoom of the camera and searched the trees in the distance. Finally I found him but never did he expose himself completely.

Great Horned Owl

The great horned owl (Bubo virginainus) is the largest owl in the Sonoran Desert reaching a height of 2 feet. It is gray/brown in color with a barred feather pattern on its underside, a white throat resembling a collar, and prominent ear tufts. They have large yellow eyes with black pupils, surrounded by a facial disc of feathers that can appear slightly orangish in color.

Great horned owls will usually perch or roost during the day in a protected area such as a tree limb or rocky overhang. When awake and hunting they use their excellent ability to hear to catch their prey. This is aided by excellent eyesight and the fact that they make little-to-no noise when they fly.

This owl is found in every type of habitat in the Sonoran Desert region. They can be found throughout the United States, parts of Canada, and into Central and South America. The owls living in the northern portions of their range will move south as the weather turns cold. They are considered to be widespread and are not currently threatened or endangered.

These owls can weigh as much as 2 to 3 pounds and stand 2 feet tall. In the wild their life span is 12-15 years. In captivity, they may live to be as old as their late 20's.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-04 8:12]
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Hello Jane,
How nice to see you back again and with a great capture of a beautiful Owl watching you with a big eye!! I like the way it's hiding behind the leaves. Great focus, fine details and colours and well composed. Do you have a new camera?
TFS and al the best wishes, Ulla

hello Jane

i am happy today to be neighbor with you,
i see that you have your new camera the
Canon SX30IS, congratulations, great shot
of this Great Horned Owl with fine frontal POV,
superbly focused with great sharpness and details,
i love to see all the branches because it is part
of the bird's environment, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-04 8:19]

Hello Jane,
A superb capture of a Great Horned Owl peeping through the Mesquit tree. The POV shows the single eye contact and much of the rest of the owl with fine sharpness and natural colours in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-04 8:27]

Hola Prima.
Is nice to see You here again cousin.
The Owl looks so great hiding in the "Mezquite" tree. Lovely and fine photo!
TFS and have a nice WE.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-04 8:49]

Hi Jane,what a beautiful composition! A very difficult pic,the dot of fire is impressive like the sharpness.A nice and different way to capture a owl,very well done,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

Lovely capture Jane! The Great Horned Owl looks very mysterious in this photograph. Great eye contact perfect point of view and natural colors. Esthetically superb!
George Veltchev

Ciao Jane, great capture of lovely owl, very difficult to take in the vegetation, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-04 9:46]

Hello Jane
Very nice capture of this hidden owl. Excellent work!

Hello Jane,
Hmmm ... the new SX30IS! ... Wow ... And I see you use it very well! ... good picture, natural and intriguing! ... In this case, seems that who "looks the photo" is the owl! ... Not us !!!... Glad to see again a picture of you, hope you're well!
Regards, TFS, Jesús

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-04 11:05]

Hello Jane,
Great portrait, and to get the shot in the wild is excellent. What a beautiful creature. Very good detail in this and great POV, you have managed to frame him with the pine needles.Best regards Siggi

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-04 11:33]

Hello Jane,
Well my dear it has been awhile, green leaves oh my I would love to have some warmth. You have captured this well concealed owl superbly Jane, thank you for sharing.

Hi Jane.
Nice to see fresh upload of this owl with one eye popping out of the frame. Even though partially hidden, it gives a pleasing setting in its natural habitat.
Thanks for sharing and kind regards - Jusni

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-12-04 19:20]

Hello Jane,
A spectacular shot of this well hidden great horned Owl. The detail is super fine and the exposure and color are right on the money. Your camera does a wonderful job of capturing this fellow, even though he is trying to hide from you. Great work!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-05 1:12]

Hello Jane,
Fantastic photo of this owl. This one eye takes the attention. A real eyecatcher. Beautiful colours and pin sharp. Good POV and composition.

Bonjour Jane,
Très bonne utilisation du mimétisme du sujet pour cette image très finement détaillée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

hello Jain
very nice pose with very good details
beautiful naturel colours and good sharpness
greeting lou

Hallo Jane,
a very beautiful capture of the Great Horned Owl taken in a splendid environment, superb eye contact, very good sharpness and marvellous natural colours
Best regards

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