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Just keeping an eye out for the planes going over!!
3 month old Tawny Owls, that were always looking up at the sound of a plane...and being near Gatwick there were loads. We had terrible lighting, but made the most of it when we could.
Sylvia (teocali) has a good shot on her PF of these 'charmers'.

Thank you all for the comments on Mr Water Vole,
I am surprised at the interest in him, so added another two if interested in seeing a full shot...Tail as well!

Enjoy!
with thanks
Lillian

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Canon 100-400mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:"Keeping Watch"
Username:Lillian Lillian
Uploaded:27 Jul 2010 - 8:42 PM
Tags:Babes, Bwc, General, Pets / captive animals, Surrey, Tawny owls, Wildlife / nature
Votes:71
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2010 - 8:50 PM

These images have the 'Aaaaah' factor in spades.

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
27 Jul 2010 - 9:02 PM

One of my favorite birds , love this shot gray

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Hebe
Hebe  7 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2010 - 9:23 PM

Two beautiful images.

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2010 - 9:36 PM

Lovely set of images of these sweet still fluffy babes. Tricky light by the looks of it, but you've produced some pleasing photos. Hope all is good with you?
Barbara

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Ruthannette
Ruthannette e2 Member 7Ruthannette vcard England
27 Jul 2010 - 9:37 PM

So cute and fluffy, look how the breeze is ruffling V2's feathers. Lovely, lovely shots Lillian.

Ruth

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2010 - 10:02 PM

lovely shot Lillian

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2010 - 10:20 PM

Charming! Beautifully captured images.

Ann

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
27 Jul 2010 - 10:23 PM

Really endearing little things, lovely shots. Moira

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2010 - 10:36 PM

I adore this set and v1 with such a duo is a winner for sure Lilian

Linda Wink

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2010 - 10:52 PM

These little fellows are so cute. Adorable capture of the two together. V1 my favorite............Sandy

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2010 - 10:53 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like the wary angle in V2 looking for danger Lillian but sadly they both appear to be a little soft on the focus. What a shame
Richard

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2010 - 11:02 PM

Reckon V2 is a little cracker Lillian !!
Soft or not !!
Mick.

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2010 - 11:03 PM

Beautiful pair of babies and great poses.
Steve.

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2010 - 11:09 PM

Lovely shots Lillian.
Joan.

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goso
goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2010 - 11:17 PM

Lovely capture Lillian, and thank your lucky stars you are only a tad soft on focus (allegedly), and not extremely soft in the head..lol...Bill

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pamelajean Critique Team 8768 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1596 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2010 - 11:44 PM

Four eyes are better than two.

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 12:21 AM

two wonderful captures lillian cracking detail and colour love the both nice ones Wink
andy

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 6:03 AM


Quote: Lovely capture Lillian, and thank your lucky stars you are only a tad soft on focus (allegedly), and not extremely soft in the head..lol...Bill

there is no need for a comment like that at all

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 7:37 AM

A delightful capture of these two young owlets

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 8:42 AM

Two wonderful shots Lillian, beautifully captured and presented.

Hugh

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NobbytheNobster

Beautiful shots Lillian, v2 is best.
Such gorgeous birds.
Well done
Ricky.

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TonyWatson
28 Jul 2010 - 9:57 AM

Both super shots Lillian ~ well captured
Doc

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Brian_Scott
Brian_Scott e2 Member 542 forum postsBrian_Scott vcard United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 10:18 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 


Quote: Quote:Lovely capture Lillian, and thank your lucky stars you are only a tad soft on focus (allegedly), and not extremely soft in the head..lol...Billthere is no need for a comment like that at all

I would have to agree with this, i dont know whats going on with this site lately but its getting far to bitchy for my liking. Someone has only left a comment on there own thoughts and then someone else has to come back with a comment like "soft in the head" there really isnt any need for these childish remarks i thought we were all adults and sometimes the squabbling and jibes get to out of hand. Personally i dont think its soft i just think it needs a slight adjustment in curves and it would make a difference its just the feathering in them can make them look soft but actually they arent.

And ive not done much in the Mod i just slightly adjusted curves and sharpened slightly

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barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 10:29 AM

Love these to bits
The comments have been of amusement as well

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64429 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 10:47 AM

A couple of sweeties. I had a full grown owl on my arm at a raptor centre a while ago and was amazed at how light they are and how they're mainly feathers. These must feel like weightless puffs of down. Gorgeous.
Chris

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johnjones
johnjones  5 England
28 Jul 2010 - 11:05 AM

WOW Lillian excellent two shots the onyl mod you what is to leave it as it is.
jj

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PauloNascimentoPhotography

lovely shots, nice work!
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Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 11:15 AM

Thank you Brian, appriciate that, a really good and improved mod
Thank you all for taking the time to look and leave your comments
Lillian

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maggieh
maggieh  6 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2010 - 12:40 PM

A very pleasing shot of these fluffy, wide eyed aaaaaaaah provoking little creatures.
maggie

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 2:50 PM

Aaah, aren't they cute! We often see images of fully grown owls, but never young ones like this. Two super captures, Lillian, especially V1 - my fave.
Thanks again very much for your UA.
TrevB Smile

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samlw68
samlw68  4 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2010 - 3:34 PM

great capture

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mrjt
mrjt  8 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2010 - 3:38 PM

A first class shot, a great image.....Jack

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
28 Jul 2010 - 4:28 PM

Stunning shots.

Len

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Clint123
Clint123  42 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 4:44 PM

Great bundles of fluff and always striking a good pose

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lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 5:51 PM

For a moment i thought it was 'Owllets Zoo'Smile Nice shots Lillian.

John Smile

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bluetitblue
28 Jul 2010 - 6:18 PM

Great capture here Lillian.

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 7:03 PM

I think this pair stole the show last week Lillian - beautifully captured as their heads didn't stop bobbing for a second! Like the mod too.
Sylvia

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astyag
astyag  712 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 7:54 PM

Beautiful and so lovely and cute little fellows. I had the opportunity to see one in the wild 15 years ago... I still remember it though. So lovely.
Astyag

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Dave_Holdham
28 Jul 2010 - 8:33 PM

Two wonderful images, v1 is my fav, you could'nt have posed them better if you had asked them. Smile

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tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 8:45 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Beautiful shot Lillian and bringing back memories of a great day; thankyou for organising it.
Detail and focus look absolutely spot on to me - checking out the eyes I make make out a sharp reflection including you, so I can't see how the focus could be any better.
And the blacks of the eyes also look deep, so I'd be happy with the contrast too - looking fluffy feels so appropriate of where they were in the soft light
Tim

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imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 8:48 PM

Look good to me Lilian

Bernie

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bromley-smith
28 Jul 2010 - 8:50 PM

A cracker Lillian.
Tony

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twelvemegs
28 Jul 2010 - 9:00 PM

What a cute pair.
lovely captures Lillian.
V1 my fav.

Regards
David

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lianna  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 9:11 PM

Awww Lillian they are so cute!!! esp like v2.... such a great pose captured!! x x

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PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 9:42 PM

Super capture. I like the soft texture of the photo which reflects the soft coats of the owls and in a way their nature. Paul

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LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2010 - 9:40 AM

Two excellent captures of these Owls, Lillian, with fine color, clarity, & comp. V1 would be my fav, today. Great work with the 50D. Regards...Peter

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Imagephotographics

Two great images Lillian especially V1

Chris

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2010 - 2:51 PM

Like the details and tones in this feather Lillian, good work with capturing the two together.
Regards Richard

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2010 - 3:49 PM

2 lovely shots Lillian, V1 for me,
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rpba18205 e2 Member 4rpba18205 vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2010 - 4:31 PM

I find both shots to be delightful.
Rob.

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2010 - 8:07 PM

they are very cute. i think the added contrast makes a big difference.lesley

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