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|This shot was taken at my uncles house in the attic where a mama owl had laid eggs and out which three hatched....i do have the shots taken early at their birth. but i prefered to upload this...it was pich dark i had to shoot with a torch light on them. hence the spotlight feel.|
Species: Tyto alba
The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is an owl in the barn owl family Tytonidae. This is one of the two groups of owls, the other being the typical owls Strigidae.
These are pale, long-winged, long-legged owls, 33-39 cm in length with a 80-95 cm wingspan. They have an effortless wavering flight as they quarter pastures or similar hunting grounds.
There are a number of races differing in underpart colour. For example, T. a. alba of western Europe is almost pure white below, but T.a. guttata of central Europe is orange. All races have grey and ochre upperparts.
These are birds of open country such as farmland, preferentially hunting along the edges of woods. They are fairly sedentary and nocturnal or crepuscular.
Barn Owls occur worldwide, on every continent except Antarctica. Sometimes they are called monkey-faced owls because of their appearance. Other common names are church owl, golden owl, rat owl, and stone owl.
Barn Owls feed on voles, frogs and insects, but are economically valuable birds as they also prey on animal pests like rats, shrews, moles and mice.
Other than human persecution, they have few predators, although large owls such as the Eurasian Eagle Owl and the Great Horned Owl will kill smaller species if the opportunity arises. Farmers often encourage Barn Owl habitations for rodent control by providing nest sites such a wooden nest box or a large drum installed sideways in a barn. An adult Barn Owl will eat approximately 3 mice per day. A pair raising 3-5 owlets will consume many more rodents.
Barn Owls have a notable shreee scream, ear-shattering at close range. They also hiss like steam kettles. When captured or cornered, they throw themselves on their backs and flail with sharp-taloned feet, an effective defence. Unlike popular belief, they do not make the call "tu-whit to-whoo".
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This is a cozy looking trio, all cuddled together. Well captured under difficult conditions! I have played with it in a Workshop to see if I could balance the colors to something more natural looking, less yellow. :o)
A great picture. trying shoot all the 3 in same frame is really good 1 , I love the details and the pain u have to go through to give us this wonderfull pic. Love ur notes on the same.
TFS and happy weekend,
- [2006-02-11 15:22]
An amazing family portrait, Krishna.You could not have asked for better posing. : )
Thanks for sharing this very unusual capture. : )
- [2006-02-11 15:35]
Félicitations et merci pour lenvoie de cette superbe composition.