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Little Owl (athene noctua)

One of my favourite members of the owl family. A tiny bird ( weighing about 5-7 ozs ) but seems so full of character and energy. Currently, regretably, listed as declining. I am afraid that I cant report this as a wild bird. Could not persuade him to turn his head but I thought the eye we could see is quite imposing.
Thanks for the superb response to the Coal Tit. I appreciate it.
Ron

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:I've got my eye on you !
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:16 May 2012 - 7:04 PM
Tags:Birds, Captive, Owls, Pets / captive animals
Votes:82

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 7:10 PM

Well fancy uploading this next to my Grand-Daughter's image Ron......That were silly Tongue

Nice work mate, although I don't fancy your chances much, not if Ellie's last owl image was anything to go by, she turned me over like a kipper......LOL.....Proud as hell really Wink

Ade

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senn
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16 May 2012 - 7:11 PM

exquisite detail ! .. great shot

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goso
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16 May 2012 - 7:15 PM

He's a little belter Ron - first class shot ...Bill

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 5hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 7:20 PM

Stunning shot ron love the detail and sharpness
mike

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43424 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 7:44 PM

A simply stunning image, superb detail, superb talent, superb quality.

Regards Nathan

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41066 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 7:49 PM

Sharp and beautifully presented, Ron.

Dave

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 7:51 PM

Perfectly in focus with great color, that one eye staring at me is quite enough! Two would be haunting!

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WindowonWildlife
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16 May 2012 - 8:17 PM

Wonderful detail,pose and a cracking BG Ron Smile

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bricurtis
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16 May 2012 - 8:21 PM

Lovely image Ron - super detailed plumage.
Brian.

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pluckyfilly
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16 May 2012 - 8:29 PM

love this little bird Ron

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Brian65
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16 May 2012 - 8:38 PM

Its a cracking shot Ron, love the pose and spot on detail. We are going back tomorrow to get some more, short notice but hope your thereSmileSmileSmile
Brian

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 8:46 PM

Cracking shot Ron, superb detail.

Glyn

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 8:51 PM

Excellent and lovely capture,
saeid

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Steinmachine
16 May 2012 - 8:54 PM

Beautiful shot

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JohnoP
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16 May 2012 - 9:53 PM

Very nice indeed! John

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 9:53 PM

Wonderful capture Ron
Richard

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 10:17 PM

Thanks very much all.
Ron

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annettep38
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16 May 2012 - 10:53 PM

what a wonderful pose, the look in his eye is so clear and appealing.
fantastic detail, too.

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PattiW
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17 May 2012 - 2:35 AM

Absolute perfection! Patti Smile

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franken
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17 May 2012 - 8:46 AM

Superb capture Ron.

Ken

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Lillian
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17 May 2012 - 10:34 AM

Such a special little owl
and you have captured him so beautifully Ron
Lillian

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Joline
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17 May 2012 - 11:56 AM

So tiny....I like his pose, rather haughtySmile

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Hop-A-Long
17 May 2012 - 5:56 PM

Excellent capture.

Andy

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AnneWorner
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17 May 2012 - 8:11 PM

A beautiful little owl - splendid feather patterning. Sorry that it is in decline, hopefully they can breed these in captivity.

Anne

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bunbeam
bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
17 May 2012 - 9:55 PM

what a little beauty, love it
bunSmile

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UrbaneMagick
17 May 2012 - 10:22 PM

couldn;t be any sharper..great eye!

Gareth

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Maiwand
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18 May 2012 - 9:42 AM

Many thanks to everyone.
Ron

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Gray_ina
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18 May 2012 - 12:46 PM

Hi Ron this is stunning brilliant capture gray

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maggie9
maggie9  545 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2012 - 2:30 PM

Touche!

wonderful crisp features and detailed markings
top shot

maggie

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teocali
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18 May 2012 - 3:18 PM

Outstanding Little Owl capture and pose, Ron. Pin sharp with superb plumage detail, tones, textures and patterning and wonderful expression and eye. Lovely clean background colours isolating your subject to perfection.
Sylvia

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19 May 2012 - 2:13 PM

great

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19 May 2012 - 4:33 PM

That's a cracker Ron, well done.
Alf.

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Oleg_Lobzin
19 May 2012 - 10:13 PM

Admirably caught. The bird is gorgeous.
Regards, Oleg

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Glostopcat
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19 May 2012 - 11:52 PM

A fine portrait of this uncooperative little owl, you obviously didn't pay him/her enough to model for you!Wink

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accipiter
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20 May 2012 - 10:22 AM

Well captured Ron. It is interesting to note the longish flattened tip on the beak of this captive owl. Most predatory birds in this country are fed on dead day old chicks and the bones are too soft to allow the tip of the beak to abrade normally, which means that from time to time they need to be 'coped' - filed down to a normal size. I am not sure what the reasons are that they should be declining - sad fact as they are gorgeous little chaps. A

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Len1950
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20 May 2012 - 1:07 PM

Love the pose Ron, a superb detailed image.

Len

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1881
1881  2 India
20 May 2012 - 6:59 PM

NICE shot.
SANJEEV

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Maiwand
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20 May 2012 - 7:41 PM

Thanks everyone for your very generous comments.
Ron

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Karen_Summers
Karen_Summers e2 Member 5Karen_Summers vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2012 - 8:41 PM

might not be wild but still a sweet shot Ron

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 3:08 PM

'Superfine {A++++} Little Owl Shot!!' ~ Peter Smile

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22 May 2012 - 12:10 AM

great detail ,lovely capture.

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zimen
zimen  2 Poland
5 Jul 2012 - 7:03 AM

Hi, may I ask where you took this photo

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