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Close Up

By CraigJones  
Finally a close up of this male Barn Owl I have spent all week with,most of the time due to the freezing weather he did'nt show and I was unsure of his survival.Then on this day,late afternoon he started to hunt, I had become frozen to the ground during my time there waiting,looking like a bush He started quartering not far from me and then came close,stopped and started to hover,I could hear his wing beats,he allowed me a few shots until he left as quick as he'd arrived.Another magical moment

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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picturistic 7 7 7 Wales
9 Jan 2010 4:59PM
stunning shot, Craig, well captured


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Excellent shot. David
Suehh Plus
9 39 6 England
9 Jan 2010 5:05PM
pulsar69 12 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2010 5:06PM
great shot well worth the effort
bumbleb3 Plus
10 358 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2010 5:15PM
what a briliant capture.I just love the lighting you have caught on those beautiful wings
hope he makes it though this cold time spring is a long time away
TerryMcK Plus
8 71 2 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2010 5:48PM
A superb capture, Craig. It's what nature photography is all about - magical moments.
9 Jan 2010 5:49PM
Fab lighting - well done for persevering. Well worth the wait!
dathersmith Plus
9 552 12 England
9 Jan 2010 5:49PM
A fantastic capture, worth all the hard work.

9 Jan 2010 6:03PM
Absolutelly a stunning capture.
Love the light/colours,excellent details.
TrevW Plus
7 118 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2010 6:34PM
Your patience and determination has paid off well. A great capture! Well done!
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
9 Jan 2010 8:20PM
Stunning shot Craig. Your timing on this is just about perfect.
9 Jan 2010 8:23PM
Great shot but the light makes it stunning

Steve_S Plus
11 180 3 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2010 9:25PM
Excellent capture mate, well worth the effort
chinny 12 492 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2010 9:14AM
Well done Craig, exposed really well considering the background? were you shooting Manual or have you darkened the Background PP?

Quote:I could hear his wing beats

You have very good hearing Smile
10 Jan 2010 11:36AM
Thanks all,The BG was a dark hedgerow and I have darken it with levels and curves and removed the odd spot hope that helps.Thanks all again

wow..!! stunning, very brilliant work. Keep up the good job man.
best wishes,
Denise ^~^
20 Jan 2010 2:17PM
Stunning image Craig, well deserved.


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