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A Special Relationship

By teocali
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.

Tags: Photo journalism Pets and captive animals Portraits and people

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BERTRAM 10 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2009 4:08PM
Fantastic set of images.

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Shroomer 11 14 167 England
17 Oct 2009 4:40PM
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
colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
17 Oct 2009 4:51PM
Excellent stuff and wonderful work happenning out there Smile Thanks for sharing Colin
mudge Plus
15 1.0k 75 England
17 Oct 2009 5:17PM
Great set of images
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
17 Oct 2009 5:18PM
Awesome set of images. I think he really loves you!......Sandy
astyag 10 12
17 Oct 2009 7:08PM
So beautiful! impressive
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
17 Oct 2009 7:33PM
What a delight to see such a tremendous bond between handler and owl. A sure sign of good and patient handling. Lovely captures Sylvia.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2009 9:18PM
interesting write up Sylvia and good set of images - all well taken shots
17 Oct 2009 9:26PM
Birds like most animals can be very affectionate and that is beautifully shown here. Great capture.
bpearson3 9 1 England
17 Oct 2009 11:02PM
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
CSuk 8 7 33 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2009 11:59PM
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!
iancam 9 23 England
18 Oct 2009 6:08AM
Superb set of images Sylvia
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
18 Oct 2009 6:19AM
Enchanting images, Sylvia, a wonderful interaction between 'man and beast'. Carol
Ray42 10 3 England
18 Oct 2009 8:08AM
A lovely set
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
18 Oct 2009 2:55PM
excellent series Sylvia
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2009 9:20PM
3 lovely images Sylvia
franfoto 10 2 32 England
20 Oct 2009 7:43PM
An obvious bond, very special lady and 3 super captures.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
20 Oct 2009 9:54PM
A very touching story and three lovely images. - gary
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
23 Oct 2009 5:44PM
3 stunning shots Sylvia and such a heart warming story too,

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