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The Burrowing Owl ( athene cunicularia )

A super little owl not normally resident in this country with his normal habitat the dry open plains of North and South America. This one is, of course, a captive bird and is resident of the place I often frequent- the Hawk Conservacy at Weyhill. In his display he really does act like a wild bird and makes use of the burrow he is standing in front of.
Hope you will like him.
Many thanks for the generous c/c's on the Nuthatch and more thanks to Mike (Mike Smith) for the UA. I am most grateful.

Ron

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:300.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 Aug 2012 - 12:02 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Burrowing Owl
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:30 Sep 2012 - 3:35 PM
Tags:Birds, Captive animals, Nature, Owls, Pets / captive animals
Votes:75

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
30 Sep 2012 - 3:36 PM

Excellent capture Ron, like the detail,
Fred.

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2012 - 3:48 PM

I don't care if it's wild or captive Ron, this is an excellent composition, a beautiful eye and super feather detail together with the burrow being included in the shot, had I not already given my UA away already today I would have given it, excellent in all respects and one of your best shots IMHO, looks like a winner.....hope I'm right Wink
Regards,
Geoff.

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UrbaneMagick
UrbaneMagick e2 Member 2135 forum postsUrbaneMagick vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2012 - 3:50 PM

Never even heard of such a thing Ron, wonderful capture bud.

Gareth Smile

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
30 Sep 2012 - 3:53 PM

I must agree with the above, an excellent shot in fact Perfect! and I gave mine to Fred above lol. sorry or you would have got it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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WindowonWildlife
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30 Sep 2012 - 4:01 PM

As Geoff has already mentioned Ron, what an excellent image mate....Cracking detail and composition and I love this shot Wink

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RonnieAG
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30 Sep 2012 - 4:09 PM

Geoff has summarised things so well already and I would endorse his comments in full: lovely shot, the owl making sure he's not spotted before disappearing into the burrow.
Ronnie.

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4673 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom64 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2012 - 4:46 PM

Superb shot !!!!!!!!!!!!....lovely quality 'environmental' portrait !!!

Last Modified By Niknut at 30 Sep 2012 - 4:47 PM

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CarolG
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30 Sep 2012 - 4:51 PM

A charming bird, Ron, and so well captured. Carol

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NaturesHaven
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30 Sep 2012 - 4:54 PM

I love the image.......wonderful bird.......GrinGrinGrinGrin

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christinecilia
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30 Sep 2012 - 4:56 PM

beautiful looking bird like from me.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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gilbertmjake
30 Sep 2012 - 4:58 PM

Great image, lovely detail, nice one !

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91911 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2012 - 5:22 PM

A superb image Ron. Such a great setting for the Owl.
Brian.

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franken
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30 Sep 2012 - 5:34 PM

Wonderful wildlife image Ron.

Ken

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KBan
KBan  9457 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2012 - 5:55 PM

What a beaut Ron !

Keith Grin

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Ade_Osman
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30 Sep 2012 - 5:56 PM

Smashing image Ron, haven't managed to get down to the HC at Weyhill for a while, I feel an overdue visit is on the cards! Smile

Ade

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Glostopcat
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30 Sep 2012 - 6:19 PM

A fine shot of this handsome little bird, I like the surroundings you've captured him in

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2012 - 6:37 PM

Glad you all seem to like this shot and my very grateful thanks to Pete for the HC and the UA from Keith (KBan)
Ron

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WindowonWildlife
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30 Sep 2012 - 7:05 PM

Popped back to say congrats on the HC Ron, knew it would do well Wink

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FeatherFriend
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30 Sep 2012 - 7:09 PM


Quote: Popped back to say congrats on the HC Ron, knew it would do well Wink

I did say it looked like a winner Ron, seems I was right my friend, congrats on a well deserved HC,
Geoff.

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rayme330
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30 Sep 2012 - 7:18 PM

Yes I like him, he seems a wonderful character.

Ray

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
30 Sep 2012 - 7:22 PM

Wonderful image.
JNC

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2012 - 7:42 PM

'Superb Shot' ~ LEx

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Steve_S
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30 Sep 2012 - 7:47 PM

Nice one Ron, congrats on the HC
Steve

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taggart
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30 Sep 2012 - 7:51 PM

This is a wonderful image-- Love the little owl!

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Mike_Smith
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30 Sep 2012 - 7:56 PM

Cracking image again Ron

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Glyn1
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30 Sep 2012 - 8:07 PM

Cracking shot Ron, lovely looking bird.

Glyn

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pluckyfilly
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30 Sep 2012 - 8:20 PM

Got to be a winner I agree with Geoff

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Brian_Scott
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30 Sep 2012 - 8:48 PM

Congrats on the HC Ron

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annettep38
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1 Oct 2012 - 12:00 AM

beautiful on that grassy slope, a fine pose and lovely tones Smile

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CaroleS
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1 Oct 2012 - 7:37 AM

Excellent shot. - Well deserving of the HC, congratulations.
Carole

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Maiwand
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1 Oct 2012 - 7:39 AM

Much appreciated. Thank you all.
Ron

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Joline
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1 Oct 2012 - 12:10 PM

What a little beauty! Well deserving of the awards.

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AnnChown
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1 Oct 2012 - 12:35 PM

An excellent image - lovely to see him in front of his burrow! Perfect!
Ann

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Gerryrys
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1 Oct 2012 - 12:42 PM

Lovely capture. One of my favoiurite places to visit as well.

Gerry

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kathrynlouise
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1 Oct 2012 - 12:45 PM

A beautiful shot. Well done on the awards Grin

Kathryn

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Maiwand
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1 Oct 2012 - 1:42 PM

Thanks all
Ron

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sparrowhawk
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1 Oct 2012 - 2:38 PM

love it !!

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teocali
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1 Oct 2012 - 3:55 PM

Superbly detailed capture and composition, Ron. Wonderful pose, eye contact and plumage patterning/textures. Congratulations on a very well deserved HC and awards - you would have had mine too but it wasn't available to give. However, it is there in spirit Wink
Sylvia

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1 Oct 2012 - 4:02 PM

perky little fellow well recorded near his natural environment. superb detail and colour.

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2012 - 6:40 PM

One of my favourite birds to be displayed there Ron and very well captured and shown at that distance with a 300mm.
A well earnt HC for one from the HC
Richard

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Maiwand
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1 Oct 2012 - 6:47 PM

Thanks Richard, Alan, Sylvia,Steve,.
Ron

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1 Oct 2012 - 8:00 PM

Fantastic shot Ron. A real beauty.

Jane

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Louise_Morris
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2 Oct 2012 - 6:44 AM

Super image Ron - dear little owls aren't they? Congrats on the awards - rightly deserved. Lou

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan  4 England15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 6:40 PM

Well deserved awards Ron,lovely capture.

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Maiwand
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3 Oct 2012 - 3:03 PM

Thanks Jane,Louise,Neil.
Ron

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Lillian
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3 Oct 2012 - 5:08 PM

Outstanding shot Ron,
and sorry missed earlier
that's me eh?
always saying sorrySad
Lillian

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Maiwand
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4 Oct 2012 - 7:56 AM

Thanks Lillian
Ron

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4 Oct 2012 - 8:43 PM

Congrats Ron its worth that and more.SmileSmileSmileSmile
Brian

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