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My Partner Jacqui & I were out for a drive today and I saw this little fellow sitting in a tree.

I stopped the car and took a few shots but I wanted to get closer, so I got out of the car and walked towards it.

It just sat there so I got closer then I started to climb up the bank until I was just feet away from it.

He knew I was there and just glanced at me with half shut eyes, I got a few more shots before he flew away. It was an amazing experience to just get so close to this wild bird.

Unfortunately it was taken in very poor light so I had to manipulate the picture just a wee bit so we could get a better look.

Camera:Nikon D40 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 55-200mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:"Tawny Owl"
Username:BigKiz BigKiz
Uploaded:30 Nov 2008 - 6:26 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Digitally manipulated, Wildlife / nature
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pip01
pip01  6
30 Nov 2008 - 6:33 PM

well spotted, great that you were able to get so close!
Laura

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motorsportpictures

lovely detail, very well captured...
scott

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sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 7:04 PM

a real treat to be at one with such a beautiful bird lovely shot

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piccy
piccy  8 Wales
30 Nov 2008 - 7:27 PM

Such a great experience, well done.
freda

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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 7:32 PM

Lucky you to get so close,great shot,well captured................

Tony.

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BigKiz
BigKiz  9 Scotland
30 Nov 2008 - 7:39 PM

Thanks very much for these great comments guys, I couldn't believe I got so close to it. It was an amazing experience and one I will treasure.

It's nice to see them close up but to do it in the wild makes it all the better.

Brian.

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HenB  6
30 Nov 2008 - 7:48 PM

Lucky you Brian to get so close and pleased you took advantage .Great shot. Harry

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BigKiz
BigKiz  9 Scotland
30 Nov 2008 - 7:56 PM

Thanks Harry I consider myself very luck that this beautiful bird allowed me to get so close.

Guess he knew I wasn't going to harm him.

Brian.

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PattiW e2 Member 8PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 8:06 PM

Beautiful shot/presentation!

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Jaff
Jaff  61 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 10:22 PM

An experience that everybody should have at least once, it'd make the world a better place.

Great shot to mark your encounter.
Adam

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blacky  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 11:23 PM

great shot

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lesgoodey e2 Member 8lesgoodey vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 11:28 PM

Lovely shot, right place right time.

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BigKiz
BigKiz  9 Scotland
1 Dec 2008 - 1:17 PM

Thanks Patti, Jaff, blacky & les for your comments, every one of them greatly appreciated.

Brian.

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the kite man
15 Dec 2008 - 8:34 AM

Great shot Brian, what a treat to get so close to a wild one.

Dave

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BigKiz  9 Scotland
15 Dec 2008 - 5:53 PM

Thanks Dave, always great to get a nice comment from a photographer like yourself.

It certainly was a real treat to get so close to this one, an experience I won't forget in a hurry.

Brian.

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