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"OEHOE, Behind Bars"

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Copyright: Reina Heuven (reina) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-25 17:06
Viewed: 4130
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 36
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Strix nebulosa lapponica- Laplandlanduil
After a bad cold and depressing weather the sun was magical today. Good for a strawl through Avifauna, a bird zoo. At the afternoon this impressing owl came sitting right in front of us. Interested in the camera. Great to have eye contact but the shadow still reminds of the fence. Nothing compared to the owl of "optic".
The Great Gray Owl was first described by Johann Reinhold Forster in 1772. The name "nebulosa" is derived from the Latin "Nebulosus", meaning misty or foggy.
Description: One of the World's largest Owls, the Great Gray Owl is dark grey overall interspersed with bars and flecks of light grey and white. The size of the head, and the prominent facial disk make the yellow eyes appear small. A noticeable white "moustache" strip is under the facial disk, broken by a black "bow-tie".
Size: Length 61-84cm (24-33") average 72cm (28") for females, 69cm (27") for males wingspan up to 152cm (60") average 142cm (56") for female, 140cm (55") for males
Habits: These Owls are active at night, but also at dusk and just before dawn. They fly with soft, slow wingbeats and generally do not often move more than short distances between perches and seldom glides. They fly close to the ground, usually less than 6 metres (20 feet) up, except when flying to a nest. May be very aggressive near the nest. The Great Gray Owl thermoregulates by roosting in dense cover. When hot, a Great Gray Owl will pant and droop its wings to expose an unfeathered area (apterid) under the wing.
Voice: The Great Gray Owl has a distinctive primary call which is a very soft, low-pitched hoot "whooo-ooo-ooo-ooo" with the notes emitted slowly over a 6 to 8 second period. Calls are repeated every 15 to 30 seconds. This call is used as a territorial declaration and can be heard up to 800m (0.5 mile) away under good conditions. Females give an excited "ooo-uh" when the male arrives with food.
Hunting & Food: The Great Gray Owl hunts mainly during early morning and late afternoon, especially during winter, but will also hunt during other daylight hours and at night. They are often seen perched on poles or fenceposts along roads. Although a very large Owl, small rodents are their primary prey (80 to 90% of diet.Pocket gophers are the most important food in California. Other mammals taken include rats, mice, shrews, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, moles, and weasels.
Mortality: They are long-lived birds, with captive owls living to 40 years of age. Mortality in the wild is often due to starvation. Natural enemies that prey on juveniles are Great Horned Owls, marten, and wolverines. Fatalities caused by humans include shootings, road kills, and electrocutions
Habitat: Great Gray Owls inhabit a range of fo
rested habitats. Distribution: Great Gray Owls are found from Alaska across Canada, down the Northern Rocky Mountains, and northern Minnesota, Europa and Asia.

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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2006-02-25 17:36]

Hello Reina,
stunning eyes, great colours and sharpness. Bravo!
TFS and best wishes,

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2006-02-25 18:59]

Wow Reina, those eyes hypnotists are fantastic, the strong look, congratulations for this great capture, I had never seen so close a picture of an owl, I am sure that the owl to be happy with their portrait. I like illumination in its feathers and the contour of the delicate ones you line interwoven. Beautiful capture Reina, rich tones in yellow, gilding and brown color. Saludos Cordiales. *Ninfa Urania*

Hi Reina
Superbe prise de vue, belle composition ,les couleurs sont belles , beau cadrage
Bravo et merci...bon week-end...JP

Hi Reina,

Excellent capture, good composition.
Congratulation for this great capture.
Cheers. TFS

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-02-25 21:20]

Hi Reina
You just keep on surprising me with your excellent ability to manipulate the exposure and lighting. This one is spot on, again.
Very good portrait of your Laplanduil. Hij is zo mooi. Those eyes are hypnotic. I suppose that is how a mouse feels when this owl zoomed in on it.
The colours are lovely and the DOF & BG is perfect enhancing the bird almost to a 3D effect.
Very good work again and TFS.
PS. Did you have a look at the workshop I posted in "Scar Face", especially for you?

Wow. Amazing capture. Great head on shot of such a beautiful animal. Very nice clarity and lighting. Great note too--very interesting.

Hi Reina, nice and interesting shot. Excelent notice . TFS

Hi Reina

Lovely closeup. Good POV. Nice colours. Well composed. Stands out well against the OOF BG. Well done. Thanks.

hi reina
tres beau portrait,bonne netteté et bons details.

Fabulous shot and detail.Excellent eye contact.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-02-26 8:28]

Hello Reina ,What a Beauty the eyes colours and sharpnes ,very nice ,greetng Teunie .

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-02-26 8:37]

Bonjour Reina,
Quel bel oiseau ! Il méritait cette bien belle vue.
Merci. Gérard

Great capture Reina,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Hello Reina!
Excellent colors and details. Perfect composition. Brawo!

Hi Reina,
A very fine portrait of this "Laplanduil"
Sharpness is perfectly well. Good compo and a useful note. Very well done.
Thx and regards, Ruud

Beautiful capture of this magnificant Gray Owl the details are excellent. Well done Reina. :)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-03-04 5:22]

What a quaint looking owl Reina! Well captured, excellent details and colours. Those eyes of his are very penetrating!
Great shot, TFS

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-04-09 5:19]

Ha Reina,

Geweldige foto van deze Laplanduil. De ogen zijn echt fantastisch en het contrast met de achtergrond ook.



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