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Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl
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Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 1D MIV, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-01-16 10:46
Viewed: 3609
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On that morning the forest was beautiful we just had the night before our first snow fall of the year not plenty but enought to covert everything and with the sun shining the scenery was outstanding.I when there hoping to see that Owl so I when to my usual place and did shooting on many different species.It was then lunch time and I decided to go back home about 50 foot away I came face to face with what I had in mine it was there standing about 8 feet up in the air with is eyes open.
From Audubon
Avery small,earless,yellow-eyed owl;brown above,with white streaks on forehead,dark bill,and short taill.Juvenille are chocolate brow above,buffbelow,whit white triangle on forehead

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Hallo Michel
Good shot, with nice inclusion of the environment. What a wonderful composition! Great detail, lovely pose, this photo has everything!, it even have snow!
Awe inspiring! Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-16 10:52]

Hello Michel.
Very nice shot that you're showing us today. I love those owls, excellent capture of those yellow eyes and beautiful composition, I really like when they are perched on a tree , they look so elegant. Best regards Siggi

Hi Michel,
Great find. I see it was a really tough shot through the trees, well done. You may have also gotten pretty lucky to find this nocturnal owl with his eyes open during the day. Really nicely focused despite the obsticles, I like the snow as well, it gives it a seasonal setting.
Have a fine Sunday,

salut Michel
what a lovely faced owl species and its great capture among sonwy branches. great POV/DOF and sharp focus. coloration and exposure superb. also vertical composition very nice.
thanks for sharing.
friendly regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-16 11:08]

Hello Michel,
What a beautiful photo! Excellent in all aspects. Light, colours, sharpness, details and composition are all splendid. Great snowy environment.

Hello Michel,
A great capture of this beatifull owl with great details and colours in the hibernal environment. Well done!

Amazing capture. wonderful focus, POV/DOF and colors. Well done

Excellent ...
Congratulations Michel .

hello Michel
this is a Beauty!!
great details good sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Notes written in your own words are as precious as diamonds. And what a nice play with the light adding to the almost drama of the picture.

Ciao Michel.
Che stupendo esenplare di gufo con di colori stupendi molto bella la conposizione con la neve che gli fà da sfondo.ottima nitidezza molto BELLA COMPLIMENTI.
Ciao Marco

Ciao Michel. Exciting playing of light and good details against the shaded iced environment.


Fantastic image Michel, the kind of image which I can enjoy watching for a long time! This fellow has so intelligent eyes. Great depth of field, colors and perfect white balance! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hallo Miche,
a fantastic capture of this Owl taken from an excellent frontal POV with an incredible eye contact, marvellous colours and fine detail on the plumage, nice winter scene
Best regards

Buena luz y colores con un impresionante enfoque. Extraordinaria captura.

Cuando estés cansado de esa lente la envías para España :-)

Un abrazo Michel: Josep Ignasi.

Congratulations were delicious ...

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2011-01-16 21:54]


A wonderful pic of the owl just catching the sunlight. I like the POV, detasil and lighting in your pic.

Hi Michel
Interesting species and beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-01-17 0:00]

Cute little owl captured in its fine environment, fine image. tfs.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-01-17 0:18]

Hello Michel
Superb in winter capture
thanks for sharing

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-17 3:50]

Hello Michel ,
an exciting view of this owl. I dont know really, but its cock eyed style is very cute. You have presented a wonderful view in good sharpness and features.
Lighting is very cooperating in enhancing the existing beauty.
Very well seen in lively composition.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-17 7:52]

Hello Michel,
This is superb!
An excellent capture of the Saw-whet Owl.
The POV is perfect in the snow clad branches, and shows the owl with excellent sharpness and natural colours in a pleasing composition and nice play of light and shade.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-01-17 10:01]

Hi Michel.

We mostly see Great Horned Owls here so this owl looks so sweet, small and earless to me. I love the pose in the snowy setting. Beautiful colors and lovely details of the face and feathers. The vertical composition is excellent.


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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2011-01-17 13:37]

Hi Michel
wow owls are very special and this close up is perfect

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-01-17 14:31]

Hi Michel,
very nice photo, colors, sharpness and composition has been wonderful.
Congratulations and best regards ..

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-01-17 18:14]

Hello Michel,
What a beautiful little owl you have posted for us. I like the way he is looking directly at you with those big eyes. The detail is super and the exposure is perfect, especially since you had to deal with all that snow.

You were very fortunate to have run into this cute little bird on this snowy day. I can probably count on one hand all the times I've run into an owl out in the wild.

bonjour Michel
excellente capture de cette Petite Nyctale dans un décor hivernal, le regard est impressionnant, beaux details, belle lumière et superbe composition
passe une bonne nuit

Salut Michel,

Joli portrait, bien exposé et bien composé. La faible porfondeur de champs est très belle. Du joli travail. Quelle est donc cette tache rouge au dessus de sa tête? De la peinture? Je trouvais cette tache un peu distrayante aussi j'ai fait un ptit workshop to la neutraliser. Bravo pour cette superbe image.


This is a beautiful shot, Michel!
i love the beautiful environment of this birds domain that you've so beautifully shown to us!
Thanks and regards,

Hello Michel,

very nice shot from this owl.
Good pov, sharpness and dof.
Fine colors.
Great eye contact.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-01-24 7:55]

Hello Micel,
A wonderful capture of this little Owl in beautiful light. Great sharpness and lovely colours too. Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

beautiful winter capture, TFS Ori

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