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Continuing my series about the Malta Falconry Centre. Apparently Barn Owls are bred as pets in Malta and sold as such in pet shops, for around 150-200 Euros, usually cramped up in tiny cages where they cannot even spread their wings. Harry the Barn Owl, pictured here with his adoring owner Doreen, who owns and runs the Centre, was one such baby barn owl. He was rescued by a lady who felt sorry for him, bought him and donated him to the Centre, where he has become Doreen's "soul mate". His excitement at being with her was intense and it was a delight to watch the interaction between the two of them.
Settings:- F/8 1/1250sec EV -0.67 ISO125 manual handheld @70mm

Many thanks for your continued support - as always very much appreciated Smile Have been away again but will try to catch up with you all soon.

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 70-200mm F4/L IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:A Special Relationship
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:17 Oct 2009 - 3:54 PM
Tags:Pets / captive animals, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2009 - 4:08 PM

Fantastic set of images.
Dave

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2009 - 4:40 PM

3 super captures Sylvia, showing perfectly their dedication to the preservation of these fine birds on Malta.
Many thanks also for the User Award on my Kingfisher, as you can see i've been very busy trying to improve
Richard

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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2009 - 4:51 PM

Excellent stuff and wonderful work happenning out there Smile Thanks for sharing Colin

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mudge
mudge  1241 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2009 - 5:17 PM

Great set of images

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2009 - 5:18 PM

Awesome set of images. I think he really loves you!......Sandy

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astyag
astyag  712 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2009 - 7:08 PM

So beautiful! impressive
Astyag

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2009 - 7:33 PM

What a delight to see such a tremendous bond between handler and owl. A sure sign of good and patient handling. Lovely captures Sylvia.
Ron

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2009 - 9:18 PM

interesting write up Sylvia and good set of images - all well taken shots

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2009 - 9:26 PM

Birds like most animals can be very affectionate and that is beautifully shown here. Great capture.
Steve.

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bpearson3
bpearson3  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2009 - 11:02 PM

These images are a delight to view, Sylvia.
One can feel the 'love' between Doreen and Harry in V1.
You have captured this magical moment beautifully. The shot is pin sharp, colourful and emotional...... the Maltese background as the depth of field, enhances your image to perfection.

Regards, Bev

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CSuk
CSuk  5 United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2009 - 11:59 PM

All versions nice.
I lived in Malta for 6 months and I saw this place. A lot of Maltese were what I call 'Cruel' to animals. Thank goodness Malta has Doreen.
Thanks 4 the share Smile Click!

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iancam  6 England
18 Oct 2009 - 6:08 AM

Superb set of images Sylvia
Ian

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
18 Oct 2009 - 6:19 AM

Enchanting images, Sylvia, a wonderful interaction between 'man and beast'. Carol

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Oct 2009 - 8:08 AM

A lovely set

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photophantom
18 Oct 2009 - 2:55 PM

excellent series Sylvia
Dennis

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Oct 2009 - 9:20 PM

3 lovely images Sylvia
Steve

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franfoto
franfoto  6 England32 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2009 - 7:43 PM

An obvious bond, very special lady and 3 super captures.
Fran

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6526 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2009 - 9:54 PM

A very touching story and three lovely images. - gary

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2009 - 5:44 PM

3 stunning shots Sylvia and such a heart warming story too,
Geoff.

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