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Barn Owl

By csurry  
An early upload from me today, this is poppy the barn owl.

Another shoot from my weekend holiday

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: _Helena_, barry john, SamGillespie and 143 more

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digicammad Plus
13 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2004 8:18AM
Beautiful shot Cheryl, you've caught the owl's markings really well and I like the natural framing, fits perfectly with its' habitat. I just hope it doesn't hurt itself on those nails. :0)


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ardbeg77 Plus
12 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
29 Oct 2004 8:20AM
Great use of the wood as frame, and sharp as a pin. Lovely shot, Cheryl.
shane Plus
12 7 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2004 8:23AM
Excellent shot

Caught so well and it is already mounted itself in a frame for you


29 Oct 2004 8:23AM
Fantastic detail in this and excellently framed by the wood. Superb work.

baker58 Plus
13 101 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2004 8:28AM
Superb shot.Worthy of an EC imo.

digitalpic Plus
13 107 4 Scotland
29 Oct 2004 8:29AM
stunning capture, i take it your on first name terms now?


Great shot, its nice when nature cooperates
davidbailie Plus
13 457 7 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2004 8:35AM
Beautiful colouring - great framing

johnjrp Plus
12 432 5 Australia
29 Oct 2004 8:46AM
Very nice. Like the composition and dof. John
29 Oct 2004 8:46AM
Wow! Thats excellent. K.
Pete Plus
15 18.8k 97 England
29 Oct 2004 8:53AM
It's a book cover!
ericfaragh Plus
13 138 4 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2004 8:55AM
The frame is excellent, lovely shot.
carlosd Plus
12 13
29 Oct 2004 8:57AM
Excellent pic and love the wood being used as a frame - very effective.

soupee Plus
12 49
29 Oct 2004 8:58AM
I agree, love the use of the frame. Click.
mattw Plus
13 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2004 8:58AM
Excelent work

29 Oct 2004 9:00AM
Congratulations , its brilliant
29 Oct 2004 9:00AM
i'm blown away! fantastic in every aspect, well done!
29 Oct 2004 9:01AM
csurry Plus
14 9.2k 92
29 Oct 2004 9:03AM
WOW - thanks everyone, and especially Pete for the EC.

Can I do my acceptance speech now?
I have to thank a couple of people Pete Cairns, for organising the weekend through Wildshots and Mark Hamblin for 'building' the window. Don't think DIY is Marks strongpoint, though, he should stick to wildlife photography.

Actually as people often ask about photo holidays, can thoroughly recommend these guys, a good laugh and a great location.
29 Oct 2004 9:11AM
Ta for the comment Cheryl, I love poppies just was a very blurry shot that I fiddled with, cheating I suppose, predominately a portrait person, i actually struggle to take pics without people in them...well done again
kit-monster Plus
13 3.7k 2 Singapore
29 Oct 2004 9:11AM
Has to be the best owl shot to date - apart from Malcolm's Mentalist.

In fact, I'd go to say, this is one of the best wildlife shot's I've seen. Here or elsewhere. can't fault this in anyway. I really hope you get this framed.

29 Oct 2004 9:20AM
WOW WOW WOW get the idea! Probably the best static Owl shot I've seen. Ever. I'd love to see this printed to a 20x16 and framed.
Fantastic Cheryl and congrats on the EC.

(needless to say I clicked!)

29 Oct 2004 9:22AM
Outstanding - love everything about this. Terrific work! Congratulations on the well-deserved EC too ... here's another *click* for your collection ...
Susie :o)
Take-a-View Plus
13 293 5 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2004 9:23AM
A well deserved EC
29 Oct 2004 9:28AM
A real smasher, congratulations
stewe Plus
14 126
29 Oct 2004 9:43AM
This is a stunner...Well deserved...You now have a lot to live up to ....


29 Oct 2004 9:49AM
No superlatives to add cheryl - it's just so good.
csurry Plus
14 9.2k 92
29 Oct 2004 9:51AM
Thanks again everyone, hadn't thought of framing this one, as I have one I think is even better (best save that one for a while).

Will look at getting it printed, then. Will definitely be going on my website, which is due for an update, anyway.

I think this was probably taken at the same place as David Georges owl . Though it is not the same owl. Saw a number of previous pictures taken on the stump from Davids pic, though it has now rotted off. Hence, now stumps, gates and 'windows'.
naturenut Plus
14 1.8k England
29 Oct 2004 10:54AM
Terrific shot Cheryl, congratulations on another EC.
AlanTW Plus
14 351
29 Oct 2004 11:21AM
Envy is a terrible thing! - superb

Miles Herbert Plus
14 1.8k 4 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2004 12:14PM
Well deserved EC for a stunning shot.
simons Plus
12 13
29 Oct 2004 12:16PM
lovely composition, excellent shot
billydo Plus
13 79 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2004 12:24PM
Must have spoke too soon Cheryl! Congrats on another EC winner.
29 Oct 2004 12:29PM
Stunning Cheryl. Great framing, focus & DOF.
Congrats on the EC.
-big click-
zippie Plus
13 1.3k England
29 Oct 2004 12:34PM
Great shot Cheryl, perfectly 'Framed!'


proberts Plus
12 218 4 Wales
29 Oct 2004 12:37PM
Excellent shot,fabulous framing.Congrats on the EC.*click*
lyne Plus
13 15
29 Oct 2004 1:56PM
Excellent well done lyne.
Denise Plus
15 279
29 Oct 2004 3:16PM
Another cracking owl image. Well done!
csurry Plus
14 9.2k 92
29 Oct 2004 3:25PM
Thanks everyone.

That'll teach me to keep quiet Neal.

I finally made a photo with 40 clicks - still being outscored by Mr Hensons dodgy commercial image though. The shame of it all.
29 Oct 2004 4:53PM
fantastic shot.
Greyheron Plus
14 282 7 England
29 Oct 2004 5:17PM
Looks like that trip was well worth it Cheryl :o)

cooky Plus
13 6 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2004 5:20PM
Excellent image! Congratulations.
29 Oct 2004 5:26PM
Beautiful shot, fabulous natural framing.
29 Oct 2004 6:25PM
Great shot, the bird is lovely. At my first envious look I wished you'd included a little bit more of the great window frame on the left to balance with the right side. But now I think you got it right, too symmetrical and it might not look quite as good or interesting as it does, but not by much! It's a great frame for the bird and a great shot Smile Thanks ~ Clare
a11sus Plus
13 568 Northern Ireland
29 Oct 2004 6:29PM

I'll be back to look at this again later!
Terry L Plus
13 591 5 England
29 Oct 2004 7:39PM
Certainly looks like the trip was worthwhile Cheryl, a fine image indeed.

Terry L Plus
13 591 5 England
29 Oct 2004 7:40PM
KathyW Plus
13 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
29 Oct 2004 8:20PM
All been said - congrats!
29 Oct 2004 8:42PM
Top shot, congrats.
IanA Plus
13 3.0k 12 England
29 Oct 2004 8:57PM
All said!
Well done.

Ian (clicked)
gary900r Plus
12 474 England
29 Oct 2004 8:57PM
Brilliant and congrats for EC.


29 Oct 2004 9:00PM
excellent shot,love the wooden framing,well done.
29 Oct 2004 9:18PM
Well done for getting EC .Like the colour of the owl.And the look it has.
old timer Plus
12 55 1 Scotland
29 Oct 2004 10:35PM
A superb pic, Cheryl, with wonderful colour and detail. I love how the bird's framed in the window. Congrats on the EC.
30 Oct 2004 7:08AM
That's a beauty Cheryl - from colour to great detail it all works - well done and congrats Smile
csurry Plus
14 9.2k 92
30 Oct 2004 7:19AM
Thanks everyone.

Clare I agonised over having equal amounts of frame on both sides. I thought it looked too staged if I did that (I mean I know it is staged, but even so).

Better hold off on posting any more of Poppy for a bit I'll have to find something different today.
julesm Plus
12 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2004 7:48AM
Beautiful image, well done.

ellavr Plus
12 66
30 Oct 2004 8:11AM
Jsut a very lovely image, beautifully naturally framed. Click

justin c Plus
13 4.8k 36 England
30 Oct 2004 10:04AM
Superb shot.Congrats on the EC,very well deserved.
randomrubble Plus
12 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2004 11:33AM
Superb. nothing else to be said.
Another great shot.

30 Oct 2004 3:46PM
Another perfect shot, Cheryl.
jage Plus
13 2 Wales
31 Oct 2004 9:35AM
Cracking shot

31 Oct 2004 10:10AM
Superb! Tee dof is great with the owl and frame in perfect focus but the background indecipherableSmile
31 Oct 2004 1:37PM
You have certainly uploaded some brilliant images whilst I was away. This one is simply brilliant the colour the lighting the clarity everything is just spot on. Well deserved EC
31 Oct 2004 5:19PM
Absolutely brilliant shot.
31 Oct 2004 7:40PM
Great Photo CB
31 Oct 2004 7:58PM
Hi Cheryl

Ok, everyone has said everything for me, it really is a lovely capture so I will say but !!! Not easy to find a 'but' but wouldn't it look great with a cobweb draped across one of the top corners. How desperate is that to find a gripe. No, no gripes at all, I love the atmosphere of it. Tick, of course.
csurry Plus
14 9.2k 92
1 Nov 2004 9:06AM
Thanks again everyone, a cobweb, what a wonderful idea, especially with the early morning dew. I'll suggest it to the person who owns the 'window', maybe he can train a spider. Would look really good with those colours in the background.
1 Nov 2004 9:15AM
Beautiful capture, love the the soft colours and pose, congrats.
tully Plus
12 43 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2004 3:16PM
Tremendous detail and lovely pose. Worthy EC
Kris_Dutson Plus
14 8.2k 1 England
1 Nov 2004 4:35PM
Amazing detail and love the framimg
1 Nov 2004 10:07PM
cracking shot - natural framing is perfect
patri Plus
13 3 Italy
1 Nov 2004 11:09PM
Magnifico, superbo.
kit-monster Plus
13 3.7k 2 Singapore
2 Nov 2004 11:20AM
Do you sell prints?
kit-monster Plus
13 3.7k 2 Singapore
2 Nov 2004 12:01PM
I'm serious . . .
csurry Plus
14 9.2k 92
2 Nov 2004 1:07PM
I did post a response, but then the site crashed.

If you are really interested in this image I can put the image into my photobox account if you really want or we can arrange something separately. Or did you just mean do I sell them in general?

If I put it on photobox I could post a link here, if that is OK with Pete.
kit-monster Plus
13 3.7k 2 Singapore
2 Nov 2004 1:16PM
I'm building quite a collection of epz works and hoping to add this and Sam's dipper to them. I really was serious about my first comment on this shot. And would really like to have a copy on the wall at home. I'm moving house in the new year and going to double my wall space. If you want to take this off line - drop me an email to kitmonster at gmail dot com

Let's hope this posts - whores draws springs to mind . . .
3 Nov 2004 10:09PM
Fabulous shot Cheryl. Love it.
4 Nov 2004 4:21AM
This is one of the best owl shots I've ever seen. Fantastic!
Looked at it several times and hadn't realized I hadn't commented...sorry to be so late.
5 Nov 2004 1:02PM
Cheryl, that's perfect.
7 Nov 2004 6:00AM
Superb shot! Well done indeed. Bill
deviant Plus
12 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2004 9:49AM
An excellent shot of my fave bird. Nice one.
12 Nov 2004 12:30PM
Perfect! Nice frame and beautiful background blur. Excellent sharpness and beautiful colour rendition and contrast.

Great capture!

jeanie Plus
13 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2004 7:55AM

27 Nov 2004 12:05PM
What a picture. Excellent!
Goatsmilkuk 12 783
7 Jan 2005 12:10PM
Have to agree it's great


jules41 Plus
12 197 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2005 9:13AM
Amazing shot,congrats on the EC
30 Jan 2005 5:38AM
Lovely shot, Cheryl. Great natural framing and congrats on a well deserved EC. Click
discreetphoton Plus
12 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2005 9:58AM
This is beautiful. I wish I had a bigger version to look at.
funkeldink Plus
13 1.6k 1 Australia
6 Feb 2005 6:40AM
missed this baby/// quality as always
8 Feb 2005 10:10AM
stunning composition and detail on the Barn owl
Can't add anything that's not already been said. A beautiful capture. Well done. I probably would have cropped it so that the natural framing is equal on all sides, but a minor thing really. Like it a lot. Well done.

8 Mar 2005 2:46PM
Superb shot

Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
3 Apr 2005 12:19PM
It's all been said . A super shot .
csurry Plus
14 9.2k 92
4 Apr 2005 4:37AM
Thanks again to all the later commentors (is that a word - probably not spelt like that).

I may upload a larger version some time.
4 May 2005 8:49AM
Stunning image!
KBan Plus
11 495 4 England
15 May 2005 12:24PM
What a SHOT so clear
dclarke5 Plus
13 147 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2005 2:16AM
Saw this in print Friday evening (Harlow Exhib). Absolutely wonderful Cheryl.
csurry Plus
14 9.2k 92
25 Jul 2005 3:48AM
Thanks Joggie, Keith and Dave. I have a large print on my wall, so I knew it would look OK. Never saw the print in the exhibition though, cos it was sent direct to Clare.
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
31 Aug 2005 10:52AM
Beautiful bird, pin sharp, brilliantly framed. Pixel perfection.
tripodted Plus
11 32 1 Northern Ireland
9 Sep 2005 1:18AM
Beautifully framed and taken! Cracker ! ! !
9 Dec 2005 2:25AM
Its probaly long scince you stopped counting..but for what its worth ..this is a stunning piece of work.
glenalva Plus
11 338 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2006 3:10AM
A real stunner........beautiful.

csurry Plus
14 9.2k 92
24 Feb 2006 3:57AM
Thanks again. I neevr stop counting Smile)
Jasbe Plus
11 116 England
19 Mar 2006 9:31AM
Excellent shot.
7 Mar 2007 7:07PM
all been said ..........this is really good
Barry John
speechless what an amazing

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