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A rare close encounter to this beautiful Bird of prey the Short eared owl.
In the few years I have been taking pictures of these raptors I have never been so close.

Some facts on this Bird.

Short-eared owls are medium sized owls with mottled brown bodies, pale under-wings and yellow eyes. They are commonly seen hunting during the day. In winter, there is an influx of continental birds (from Scandinavia, Russia, Iceland) to northern, eastern, and parts of central southern England, especially around the coast. They are of European conservation concern and so are an Amber List species.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 os apo dg hsm + sigma 2x extender
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:27 Feb 2013 - 4:09 PM
Focal Length:600mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Asio flammeus
Username:ianrobinson ianrobinson
Uploaded:3 Mar 2013 - 12:00 PM
Tags:Asio flammeus, Bird of prey, Birds, Raptor, Seo, Short eared owl, Wildlife / nature
Votes:73

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JawDborn
JawDborn e2 Member 2708 forum postsJawDborn vcard England
3 Mar 2013 - 12:06 PM

An excellent photo. I liked the way you've caught the light shining through the wing and tail feathers.
Your detailed description is much appreciated.

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NewDay
NewDay  2 England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2013 - 12:17 PM

A superb image and I to appreciate the description. Worthy of an GE!
Stephen

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focused-photography

WOW!

Carsten

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NaturesHaven
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3 Mar 2013 - 12:23 PM

Love the tones and light....................may I ask whereabouts in Norfolk you took this..................GrinGrinGrinGrin

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85836 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2013 - 12:23 PM

I have to retract any criticism I offered in the forums, re this lens and combination

Works a treat IanSmile


Adrian

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Daisymaye
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3 Mar 2013 - 12:29 PM

Beautifully captured with wonderful light.........Sandy

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7101 forum postsTrev_B vcard England61 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2013 - 12:36 PM

A stunning image, wonderful clarity and superb back light highlighting the wing feathers.

A well deserved GE Ian.

Trev

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ColinEJ
ColinEJ  8 United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2013 - 12:44 PM

The shot itself is more than good enough, but add that stunning light and it moves it to the exceptional.

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman  114484 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2013 - 1:46 PM

Bang on the money Ian!

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Quoise
Quoise e2 Member 1213 forum postsQuoise vcard United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 - 1:49 PM

Stunning image

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DonMc
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3 Mar 2013 - 2:44 PM

Exceptional in every way!SmileSmileSmile
DonMc

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christinecilia
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3 Mar 2013 - 2:53 PM

wow lovely back light and good flight shot well done. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
3 Mar 2013 - 3:28 PM

Stunning! Beautiful lighting.

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2155 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2013 - 4:55 PM

WOW WOW WOW a superb capture, totally in awe

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5179 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2013 - 5:43 PM

A really stunning capture Ian. Absolutely superb photography.
Derek

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rogerdoger
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3 Mar 2013 - 5:44 PM

Fantastic Shot. Perfect.
Roger

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JuBarney
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3 Mar 2013 - 6:09 PM

A superb capture
Ju

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2013 - 6:28 PM

First class SEO and the best I've seen by far
Richard

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 438 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales35 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2013 - 7:19 PM

Wonderful shot, Ian and showing me what should be possible with this lens and TC combo. Inspiring stuff.
Alun

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ianrobinson
ianrobinson e2 Member 41107 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2013 - 7:37 PM

WOW thank you so much everyone for the wonderful comments and votes and wonderfully surprised to get so many awards a huge thank you.

Ian Smile

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ianrobinson
ianrobinson e2 Member 41107 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2013 - 7:49 PM

Oh by the way Alun and Tomcat, This lens has always impressed me from the start when I brought it last year and when adding the 2x to it impressed me further.
I feel Sigma has really pulled it out of the bag on this lens, not sure about the mark i but this mark ii is the dogs proverbial's IMHO.
If anyone asks me what lens would you recommend with out having to take out a mortgage then this would be it, versatile is it's middle name, or it should be, sharp what ever the focal length.

I should work for Sigma lol....

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PhilSingleton
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4 Mar 2013 - 12:59 PM

Superb shot Ian - very well captured.
Phil.

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Snapitt
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5 Mar 2013 - 9:52 PM

Superb capture Ian. Excellent feather detail.

Jane

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RonWestrup
8 Mar 2013 - 12:46 AM

A wonderful capture - excellent quality shot. well done Ian - brilliant!

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teocali
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10 Mar 2013 - 11:30 PM

Magnificent capture. Superb detail and fabulous light.
Sylvia

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ianrobinson
ianrobinson e2 Member 41107 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2013 - 12:05 AM

Thank you all for your comments and votes they are very much appreciated Smile.

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