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Old October 19th, 2012, 05:14 PM
Vince Maidens Vince Maidens is offline
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Hey Look a Great Horned Owl in the Day!

Yeah way to beat a dead horse I know...but it still makes me laugh how little people know about these incredible birds.

I shot this in Rocky Mountain Arsenal just outside of Denver CO. The place is a human deadzone that they've let the wildlife come back in, and its pretty creepy to be in there. This Owl is perfect for such a place.

The fun part is he flew from a dark perch near his Owl box, and right into the sun aiming himself at me. He sat there for a few minutes and I was able to slowly approach until I was approximately 30 feet away.

I did not add additional fill light to the left eye as it wouldn't naturally land there with the direction it was sitting.

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Old October 19th, 2012, 06:10 PM
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Re: Hey Look a Great Horned Owl in the Day!

"My, what big eyes you have....". Great capture. As many times as I've seen them (nesting pair and 1-2 owlets each spring) at the relatively nearby NWR, its hard to get this close and that unobstructed a view given the densely foliated riparian areas they favor here. Largely have had weekly sighting of 1 to as many as 4 since February. Tough to tell juveniles from adult this time of year. Note that, as with other species, PNW versions of GHO are notably darker....a function of sun/humidity and bacteria on the feathers apparently.
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Old October 19th, 2012, 06:24 PM
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Re: Hey Look a Great Horned Owl in the Day!

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Yeah way to beat a dead horse I know...but it still makes me laugh how little people know about these incredible birds.

I shot this in Rocky Mountain Arsenal just outside of Denver CO. The place is a human deadzone that they've let the wildlife come back in, and its pretty creepy to be in there. This Owl is perfect for such a place.

The fun part is he flew from a dark perch near his Owl box, and right into the sun aiming himself at me. He sat there for a few minutes and I was able to slowly approach until I was approximately 30 feet away.

I did not add additional fill light to the left eye as it wouldn't naturally land there with the direction it was sitting.

Great capture, I love nature pics and this is beautiful, I dream of taking such a photograph.
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Old October 20th, 2012, 04:15 PM
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Re: Hey Look a Great Horned Owl in the Day!

nice shot. I love owl pics.
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Old October 21st, 2012, 11:22 AM
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Re: Hey Look a Great Horned Owl in the Day!

Great shot. Love the light and background!
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Old October 22nd, 2012, 11:28 AM
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Re: Hey Look a Great Horned Owl in the Day!

Thanks folks
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 06:15 PM
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Re: Hey Look a Great Horned Owl in the Day!

What a beautiful photo! Great shot!
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