Good Morning Everyone,
Something just a little different from me, this morning.
In our village we have a garden festival in late spring. As part of the attraction, and to educate and enthuse the youngsters, we usually invite local bird experts to set up a stand where they demonstrate and talk about birds of prey.
This was one of the birds that was part of the display. I think he's looking hungrily at YOU, though I assure you he wasn't hungry!
I'm pretty sure he was an eagle owl. His eyes were enormous by comparison with other birds and explain why he can see so well at night, his normal hunting time.
I hope exposure to these birds, and information about their conservation, will, in some way, set a desire in the children, as they grow older, to care for wild creatures in general.
Have a great Sunday,
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carlo62 (35196) 2014-03-16 1:44
uno sguardo intenso e penetrante, impossibile sfuggire a questi occhi.
Bella inquadratura e bei dettagli, soprattutto il colore degli occhi.
emka (81722) 2014-03-16 1:45
Fantastic view of this bird of prey. And such a festival is a good opportunity to see them, also in action. Amazing honey eyes. And how intensively it looks! Superb composition, natural colours and stunning sharpness, all the feather are so well visible.
have a nice day
mesutilgim (86574) 2014-03-16 1:55
Wonderfull portrait of this nice and wise bird !
You can see on her eyes, why the Greeks in the antiquity called them as bird of wisdom !
TFS and have a nice weekend
besnard (53946) 2014-03-16 2:10
Une superbe prise rapprochée de cette chouette. Je suis d'autant plus intéressée que je fais la collection de petits sujets que je ramène de mes voyages.
Merci pour le partage et bon dimanche.
lousat (79037) 2014-03-16 2:22
Hi Bev,this is a perfect pic for treknature too....ehehe..what a magnificent portrait and fantastic close up,original and different post made with excellent quality,the eyes details are truly fantastic like its bright yellow,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Nicou (125032) 2014-03-16 2:34
quels yeux fantastique comme il nous regarde quel rendu sur son plumage brun et blanc sueprbe iamge et compo.
batalay (35831) 2014-03-16 2:43
It is indeed unusual to see this a portrait of an owl in your collection, but along with the thoughtful not you treat us all to an excellent TE package. I can imagine what a treat the bird was for the young children.
Have a good Sunday,
danos (88243) 2014-03-16 2:55
Good morning Bev,
very nice the 'portrait' of the eagle owl that looks to your lans with its huge eyes.I like the close up view as hte excellent clarity of the scene enhanced from the brillianr light of the day.
snunney (86342) 2014-03-16 2:59
Great close-up on this splendid creature that seems to be takeing a particular interest in the photographer. You have isolated him from the background to good effect. Very good rendering of the tones and textures in the plumage. I hope the weather keeps fine for you this Sunday; hoping to go out with the camera later this afternoon.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-16 3:31
superb shot of this owl. The gaze of this one typifies that air of menace that seems to get right inside you. Nevertheless they are so beautiful and this capture is testament to that. Awesome!
Have an enjoyable Sunday - B.
tyro (20884) 2014-03-16 3:39
Yep, I think you're right - this is indeed an Eagle Owl - just like this one.
The eyes, are, of course, the most striking features of these magnificent birds and you have caught those eyes in stunning detail. I like too how the background is totally non-distracting, being totally out of focus.
The light, however, has not been very kind to you because the bird's plumage does look a little dull but this is a very fine capture nonetheless.
ikeharel (59461) 2014-03-16 3:41
Wondered why you had hidden this beauty for long, Beverly, the Owl is just a fantastic bird and you show this beautifully.
The eyes of course are the great catching element here, and it was looking at the camera, probably alerted by the clicks.
Fine portrait of an unusual bird.
Noel_Byrne (25670) 2014-03-16 4:36
What a beautiful bird. Those eyes seem to be peering into my soul, huge orange disks that I imagine will see any piece of prey at night. I love to see these displays at fairs, and you did a brilliant job in capturing him in such a natural way. This looks like a wildlife scene, and not an exhibition. I have always found that the birds can be hard to capture in this natural look way, so really nicely done on this beautiful portrait.
All the best
Sergiom (62832) 2014-03-16 5:13
Je n'aimerais pas être face à un juge qui a ce regard. Je me sentirais fondre et dirais la vérité...toute la vérité.Le cadrage est excellent ainsi que la netteté. On pourrait compter ses plumes une à une.
PaulVDV (23037) 2014-03-16 14:24
An inscrutable look!
A very attractive and sharp close-up.
Beautiful feathers and eyes.
I find owls very beautiful birds.
Best regards, Paul
SnapRJW (31617) 2014-03-17 0:37
I have to say Bev, that I am not really a fan of bird photographs, I can't explain why really as they are wonderful creatures. Your shot of the wise old owl is immaculate. His beady eyes are so well detailed with pin point sharpness and each tiny colour variation visible in the irises. He looks to me as if he is sizing up the situation, there is something going on in that head of his don't you think?
I like your note and agree with you wholeheartedly about the importance of educating children about the natural world and its importance.
saxo042 (37594) 2014-03-17 1:01
Very sharp and piercing eyes. A very fine portrait of this bird. No wonder we have always used an owl as a symbol for wisdom.
macjake (57780) 2014-03-17 12:17
this reminds me of the photos we've seen from our dear friend John recently.
its all about the eyes isn't it.
and thats exactly what you got.
I also like how the owl is peering out from the left.
fun shot. well done
fritzi007 (6981) 2014-03-19 13:41
really a great photo of these birds of prey, congratulations!
All the best
Miguel82 (24985) 2014-05-23 20:25
That night rapace has a chirurgical vision in the obscurity dear Beverley, high quality close up and nature report, impressive bird glance, excellent hues and resolution, greetings
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (31193)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-07
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-16 1:39