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Eyes of the Night

Eyes of the Night
Photo Information
Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus C-50, 3x zoom, XD picture card 256
Exposure: f/3.5
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Predaceous birds - Aves predadoras, Owls all over the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-30 13:00
Viewed: 4558
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Protagonist: mature male GREAT HORNED OWL (Bubo virginianus).
Location: Sata Rosa Mountains, southern CALIFORNIA
Where: the old attic cliché ...
Fact: next to its female companion (see other photo), be very aware the males are extremelly violent and protective as he attacked me, this is a large prey bird, ( a hawk or an eagle wont attack humans but this large owl could and will if feel trapped) . First they give the bizzare warning signals: bulging eyes, spinning head 360 degrees and clamping its powerful beak loud (sounds like crushing bones...) and spreading its wings to a full extent afterwards eventually they attack if cannot escape by flying away.

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Very nice capture Radu. Its eyes are very intense and I like the detail on its feathers. Well done.

  • Great 
  • flip89 Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 1 N: 54] (272)
  • [2004-10-30 21:10]
  • [2]

Could be a mascot for an educational non profit institution. Very well done!

Who are you lookin' at?? Very nice image. Great plumage detail and colour. Love those piercing eyes! Thanks for sharing

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-31 6:06]
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Great shot with excellent detail on the eyes. The image is sharp, and the DOF very good.

Thanks for posting

Lonely look in his eyes, very good details
Thanks for sharing

Great portrait and interesting notes. His bizarre warning signals sound like something from 'The Exorcist'.It must have been freaky to be attacked by this!I think I must have used my points cos I can't see any smileys.
Well done though.

Very nice picture Radu.
Nice colours specially the eyes good details and god DOF.
Well done.

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