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Spotted Owlet

Spotted Owlet
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-05-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-11 2:36
Viewed: 1113
Points: 8
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I had captured a Spotted Owlet last year on May 14 on a tree in my school. This tree bears lovely flowers at this time of the year. This year on May 8, I had a strong intuition that I would find it there. To my utter surprise, it was there on the same tree and almost at the same location except that it was in deep shade. It stayed there for more than half an hour during which I had plenty time to choose various camera settings to get a fairly passable picture under trying light conditions. I took more than 30 shots of it and most of them turned out to be not up to the mark. Eventually I selected this one for posting today. You can see that it has lost interest in me and is looking the other way. Earlier, it was staring back at me with that typical owlish stare. It even went to sleep during the prolonged photo session.

The Spotted Owlet (Athene brama) is a small owl which breeds in tropical Asia from India to Southeast Asia. A common resident of open habitats including farmland and human habitation, it has adapted to living in cities. They roost in small groups in the hollows of trees or in cavities in rocks or buildings. It nests in a hole in a tree or building, laying 3–5 eggs. The species is absent from Sri Lanka, although the birds are found across the Palk Straits, just 30 kilometres away at Rameshwaram. Nests near human habitations may show higher breeding success due to increased availability of rodents for feeding young. The species shows a lot of variation including clinal variation in size and forms a superspecies with the very similar Little Owl.


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Bonsoir Ram,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans son environnement sous un bon angle de prise de vue.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Ram, lovely owl in a beautiful ambientation, splendid light, excellent clarity, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-05-12 15:20]

Hi Ram,you caught the best in this very difficult situation,a terrible backlight exposed in the best way and a perfect DOF to take the owlet with the best detail,you were brave to try a shot like this,and the result is a masterwork for me.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ram

This is a very beautiful photo of the Spotted Owlet
with the beautiful light and soft color tones
of the image, very fine POV and framing,
the subject is superbly focused with
excellent sharpness and details, the leafs
as background with the subject the light
and the color tones are the beauty of the photo, TFS


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