The Little Owl (Athene noctua) is a bird that inhabits much of the temperate and warmer parts of Europe, Asia east to Korea, and north Africa. It is not native to Great Britain and was first introduced in 1842, by Thomas Powys and is now naturalised there. It was also successfully introduced to the South Island of New Zealand in the early 20th century.
This species is among the larger grouping of owls that is known as typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping is the Tytonidaes, Tytonidae.
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tyro (22164) 2014-02-04 2:23
This is a lovely picture of this Little Owl and you have written an interesting note too.
But the trouble I find with the new (much greater) limits on allowed image sizes here is that very large pictures really do suffer when the TE website shrinks them to just 790 pixels wide. Pictures seem to lose sharpness and that's a real pity.
The original version of this - which you can see on "beta" TE here is just too big and loses all detail because of that. Why not try to resize your images to about 1200 pixels wide - that allows them to be seen at "full size" (of, say, 1200 pixels) on "beta" TE and I don't think that they lose that much sharpness when they are reduced to 790 pixels on this "new" version of TE. If you understand what I mean?
My browser/monitor allows me to see this picture at 1212 x 810 pixels and, when viewed at that, it's amazingly and stunningly sharp - especially around the eyes and the feathers around its beak but here, reduced to just 790 pixels, it looks far less impressive. Why not try to reduce your picture sizes just a tad, Iain?
But with that proviso, this is a stunning shot of this lovely bird with good light and colours and set against a nicely out of focus background.
snunney (90030) 2014-02-04 4:14
The composition and detail are excellent, no doubt. But, I am afraid I have to agree with John that the extra large size does not really do it full justice. It is impossible to see the picture in its entirety and get the full flavour of the image and sense the vision of the photographer. Like John, I think an optimal size of the TE beta site would be 1200. Sorry:-(
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-04 5:33
a lot of baby birds are a bit strange when first born aren't they, but this little fellow looks a lot better than the featherless variety. Nice detailing and those deep pool eyes are amazing. Beautiful!
abmdsudi (46928) 2014-02-04 8:18
Great close up almost full framed Ian!
A very handsome fella, what a display of plumage colours against soft green bg. I guess he really knows what to do in front of a camera a bird made for photographers. Your sharp focus on the eye is great and love catch light! I personally find difficult to fault, simply gorgeous close up work, Congrats.
danos (90395) 2014-02-04 9:36
very nice the close up view of this charmy 'feather' face with its huge eyes to are the eye catching of the scene.
I like the claritty as the quality of the 'portrait' with the beauty of the scene to be superb.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-02-04 21:41
Love the close up shot of this baby. Excellent sharpness and picture quality. The bird is standing out well against the blurred BG. Look at his eyes it is gleaming with hope and enthusiasm for a new life. Very well takena fine photo, thanks for sharing.
fabbs99 (16817) 2014-02-04 23:01
Nice image of the little owl.Sharp with good details, well saturated colors and nice composition. Well done.TFS.
ikeharel (62989) 2014-02-05 8:54
Good evening Iain,
Superb close-up picture of the Owl. Beautiful bird, big eyes, notable beak, and each feather shown in details - all colminates to a fantastic photo.
Cricri (111461) 2014-02-05 10:37
Tout bon le cadrage serré et la prise en gros plan qu'on peut y voir les moindres détails, bonne lumière et couleurs
jemaflor (89405) 2014-02-06 4:07
excellent portrait, perfect focus, good brightness for these eyes, well managed.