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Bubo Bubo

Bubo Bubo
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-200 f/4L, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-17 11:02
Viewed: 5265
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eurasian Eagle Owl (Sometimes referred to as the European Egle Owl)
Scientific name: Bubo bubo - what a great name, eh?

Photographed at Thrigby hall wildlife gardens, Norfolk.

Conditions: Mid-afternoon, shady (bird was in an enclosure), lens positioned between wires of cage. Handheld, RAW mode.

PP: Raw conversion, slight crop, re-size, high-pass sharpening.

General info about the species, courtesy of owlpages.com:

Size: Length: 58-71cm
Weight: Female 2280-4200g Male 1620-3000g
Average Wing Length (one wing only): Female 47.8cm Male 44.8cm

Description: The upperparts are brown-black and tawny-buff. A narrow buff band, freckled with brown buff, runs up from the base of the bill, above the inner part of the eye and along the inner edge of the black-brown, "ear-tufts".
The rump and upper tail-coverts are delicately patterned with dark vermiculations and fine wavy barring. The facial disc is tawny-buff, speckled with black-brown, so densely on the outer edge of the disc as to form a "frame" around the face. Chin and throat are white continuing down the centre of the upper breast.
The tail is tawny-buff, mottled dark grey-brown with about six black-brown bars.
Bill and claws are black, the iris is orange (yellow in some subspecies).

Habits: Active mainly at dusk to dawn. Flight is noiseless, whith soft wingbeats interrupted by gliding when flying over long distance. Will sometimes soar.

Voice: A deep, monotonous "oohu-oohu-oohu". The female's call is slightly higher than the male's. When threatened, they may bark and growl.

Hunting & Food: Eagle Owls have various hunting techniques, and will take prey on the ground or in full flight. They may hunt in forests, but prefer open spaces.
Eagle Owls will eat almost anything the moves - from beetles to roe deer fawns. The major part of their diet consists of mammals (Voles, rats, mice, foxes, hares etc...), but birds of all kinds are also taken, including crows, ducks, grouse, seabirds, and even other birds of prey (including other owls).
The most common type of prey depends largely on relative availability, but are usually voles and rats. In some coastal areas, they have been known to feed mainly on ducks and seabirds.

Habitat: Eagle Owls occupy a variety of habitats, from coniferous forests to warm deserts. Rocky landscapes are often favoured. Adequate food supply and nesting sites seem to be the most important prerequisites.

Distribution: North Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle East.

dew77, loot, greenpinkorange, horia, wallhalla15, jchemas, ddg, cedryk, sAner has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-17 11:09]

Hello Andy,
Excellent portrait.POV,eye contact clear details and composition are wonderful.Railings at BG are a little disturbing.May be f4 could be better for bluring BG.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-17 11:34]
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Hi Andy

Absolutely stunning in-your-face close-up of Mr. Bubo. A penny for his thoughts.

It is said that the eyes are mirrors to the soul of any living being. I just wonder if the size of the soul has anything to do with the size of the eyes (chuckle). The eyes of this bird are pure magic.

I like the close cropped composition while the colours are just splendid. The details are great and the exposure was perfectly managed. The only small nit (IMHO and I am sure you know it too) is the fence wires that can be seen in the BG.

Anyway, good work and TFS.

great portrait!
Great eye contact and eye light.
I love the closeup and details. I can almost see the reflection in its eyes! Good colors too!

Hi Andy.
Beautiful and skilful picture was taken and shared by you. I like great, nice and clear colours, exact details, captured pose and nice presentation of the image. Thank you very much and my compliments.
Regards, Krzysztof.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-17 12:13]

reat shot ,what a beauty eyes , the details colours pov and compositie ar fantastic ,good job ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-17 13:20]

Hi Andy

WOW! look at those big beautiful eyes! They really focus all your attnetion and seem to have someone in focus theirselves :)
A wonderful photo of this owl! Indeed - a really cool name, Bubo bubo.
The POV si excellent and the light in great. Also the details are crispy clear and the colors are lovely and well saturated.
Too bad it's caged :(

Bravo for a work very well done and TFS

Hello Andy,
this is an excellent portrait shot from Eagle OWL. I love it. Great sharpness, details and great POV. Very nice colours and bg too. This is a very nice composition and great note too. Thank you for sharing with us.

Hello Andy
Great portrait, beautiful and skillful shot.
Excellent composition and angle.
The colors and details are superb.
Very good cropping and frame.

Hi Andy, you post a nice photo, its a pity of the background.
TFS, Jan-Arie

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-11-18 2:57]

Bonjour Andy, ce regard est impressionnant et les reflets de branchages dans les yeux sont du plus bel effet!! Bonne harmonie de teintes, l'on peut regreter les traces de cage dans le BG!! Congratulations, Didier.

bonsoir andy
magnifique, ses yeux refletent comme des mirroirs,la netteté est irreprochable.
vraiment un beau portrait.felicitations;

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  • james (74)
  • [2006-11-19 15:53]

I do love this shot.
You have achieved excellent crisp sharp details around the eyes, and all along the feathers, the DOF is just as it should be blurred and uniuntrusive. I have the feeling he is staring straight into my soul.
Well done. TFS. James
p.s. I appologize for the delay in responding to your comment on my photo. I have little free time lately.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-12-03 21:47]

Hello Andy,
Perfect portrait of this majestic owl. This terrific look in the eyes :-)
Very nice details and exposition, good control of DOF.
Best greetings,

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-01-01 8:27]

Hi there Andy! I wish you and your family all the best for 2007! :) I am sure we will meet again in this year and we will certainly send many e-mails. :) I have seen this picture through e-mail and I loved it immediately. The big eyes are so beautiful and you captured them well. Details are sharp, exposure is spot on and colors are natural. Of course it would have been nice to see this beautiful owl in it's natural environment, but for you and me the zoo is often the only option. The cage/fence in the back therefore is only a minor nit. Well done & TFS!


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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-01-19 14:51]

hi andy..that is sharp enough for me and well toned
good eyes and fur detail
cloning out the fencing gives a more 'natural' look...those fences can be a nuisance...
most of all i like the look of askance as if too many photographers were around

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