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Night Watchman
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Copyright: mark wales (harnser) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 12] (61)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D1X, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-01-16 19:41
Viewed: 3893
Points: 7
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Great Horned Owl. I'd guess from the size this may be the female of the pair. Seen through a partially open window of an abandoned building.

I apologize in advance for the watermark as I know it bugs many of you. I'll work on reducing it for the future.



Bubo virginianus

Found from the Arctic tundra to the tropical rainforest, from the desert to suburban backyards, the Great Horned Owl is one of the most widespread and common owls in North America.

* The Great Horned Owl is the only animal that regularly eats skunks.

* The Great Horned Owl will take large prey, even other raptorial birds. It regularly kills and eats other owls, and is an important predator on nestling Ospreys. The reintroduction of Peregrine Falcons has been hampered in some areas by owls killing both adult and nestling falcons.

* The Great Horned Owl is a regular victim of harassment from flocks of American Crows. Crows congregate from long distances to mob owls, and may continue yelling at them for hours. The enmity of the crows is well earned, however, as the owl is probably the most important predator on adult crows and nestlings.

Notes: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/programs/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Great_Horned_Owl_dtl.html

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I really like this photo and think that it is a great find. I really like the colour, detail, and POV. However I personally have always found eye reflections somewhat distracting. I hope you don't mind but I created a workshop to eliminate the white in the eyes of the owl.

Hi Mark

This is a well composed shot with good POV. Colours and great. Good clarity but the focus looks soft. Nice work. Thanks.

Hi Mark,
wow, again such a wonderful shot.
These eyes are so impressive and so sharp, I love your owl very much.
Thanks for sharing, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2006-01-17 13:19]

Like your avatar, cute hummer!
This one has the eyes set at F2.8! Just love it, it should get much more comments and praise. I would however, crop of most of the bottom that looks like a glass frame. TFS

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