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Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl
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Copyright: Edgar Alejandro Guzman Jurado (alejandroguzman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 0 N: 92] (452)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/400 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-11-23 14:08
Viewed: 5027
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Description: A small ground-dwelling Owl with a round head and no ear tufts. They have white eyebrows, yellow eyes, and long legs. The Owl is sandy coloured on the head, back, and upperparts of the wings and white-to-cream with barring on the breast and belly and a prominent white chin stripe. They have a rounded head, and yellow eyes with white eyebrows. The young are brown on the head, back, and wings with a white belly and chest. Burrowing Owls are comparatively easy to see because they are often active in daylight, and are surprisingly bold and approachable. The females are usually darker than the males.

Size: Length 21.6-28 cm (8.5-11 inches) Wingspan 50.8-61.0 cm (20-24 inches)
Weight 170.1-214g (6-7.5 oz)

Habits: Burrowing owls generally active at dusk and dawn, but sometimes at night also. They are highly terrestrial, and are often seen perched on a mound of dirt, telegraph or fence post - frequently on one foot.

Voice: Burrowing Owls are very vocal, and have a wide range of different calls. The main call is given only by adult males, usually when near the burrow to attract a female. A two-syllable "who-who" is given at the entrance of a promising burrow. This call is also associated with breeding, and territory defence.

Hunting & Food: Burrowing Owls feed on a wide variety of prey, changing food habits as location and time of year determine availability. Large arthropods, mainly beetles and grasshoppers, comprise a large portion of their diet. Small mammals, especially mice, rats, gophers, and ground squirrels, are also important food items.

Mortality: Burrowing Owls are able to live for at least 9 years in the wild and over 10 years in captivity.

Habitat: Burrowing Owls are found in open, dry grasslands, agricultural and range lands, and desert habitats often associated with burrowing animals, particularly prairie dogs, ground squirrels and badgers. They can also inhabit grass, forb, and shrub stages of pinyon and ponderosa pine habitats. They commonly perch on fence posts or on top of mounds outside the burrow.

Distribution: Burrowing Owls are present in North America, and breed across the grassland regions of southern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitobaand. They extend south into Mexico, Central America and South America but populations have declined in many areas due to human-caused habitat loss or alteration. Birds from the northern part of the U.S. and Canada are migratory.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2005-11-23 17:45]

Hola alejandro.
The eyes owl are the great point of your photo, very goos sharpness and DOF, you got it very well.
The use of the flash was well balanced too.
Good work

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-23 21:43]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much E Alejandro.

Hi Alejandro

Great shot. I like how this wise old fella is looking down at you. Good use of the flash. Nicely composed. Well done. TFS.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-11-24 6:59]

You did very well not to crop the picture closer, it would have detratcted from the mood. Very good capture and good quality.

Hi Alejandro,
Excellent shot here. The composition is very good. Your flash and camera did a good job with the exposure here. You just gotta love those eyes. Nice Shot!

Nice shot Alejandro!
The eyes look superb, photo has nice quality and very good framing. Pity that the frame isn't thiner. I have feeling it overhelm the owl.
Anyway, I like it.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-11-26 19:32]

Hola Alejandro.
Muy interesante son esos detalles de los ojos de este ejemplar, los colores capturados me gustan.
Saludos compaņero....RICARDO.

Hola !

Great shot ! Check out the workshop !

Pobre buho, con las pupilas dilatadas y el flash que le tiraste, le debieron de quedar la retinas calientes :D
Bonita foto, gran definicion y el siempre curioso fondo negro. Gracias.
PD: Te quedo muy bonito el mapa de Bolivia.

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