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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 8 7 7 Wales
9 Jan 2010 4:59PM
stunning shot, Craig, well captured


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DavidWebb 10 3 England
9 Jan 2010 5:02PM
Excellent shot. David
Suehh 11 39 6 England
9 Jan 2010 5:05PM
pulsar69 13 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2010 5:06PM
great shot well worth the effort
bumbleb3 12 358 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 9 72 2 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2010 5:48PM
A superb capture, Craig. It's what nature photography is all about - magical moments.
tigertot 15 36 England
9 Jan 2010 5:49PM
Fab lighting - well done for persevering. Well worth the wait!
dathersmith 10 559 12 England
9 Jan 2010 5:49PM
A fantastic capture, worth all the hard work.

RTDS 9 Cyprus
9 Jan 2010 6:03PM
Absolutelly a stunning capture.
Love the light/colours,excellent details.
TrevW 8 118 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2010 6:34PM
Your patience and determination has paid off well. A great capture! Well done!
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
9 Jan 2010 8:20PM
Stunning shot Craig. Your timing on this is just about perfect.
woollyback 12 50
9 Jan 2010 8:23PM
Great shot but the light makes it stunning

Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2010 9:25PM
Excellent capture mate, well worth the effort
chinny 13 492 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

11 Jan 2010 10:22AM
wow..!! stunning, very brilliant work. Keep up the good job man.
best wishes,
Denise ^~^
cbr900 8 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2010 2:17PM
Stunning image Craig, well deserved.

Excellent! 👏😀

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