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Photo "Saw-whet Owl"

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Saw-whet Owl
This little guy (only 7 inches tall) apparently gets his name from the sound it makes - like someone sawing wood! He was sitting on this branch ove my woodpile about 10 o`clock at night so I bolted into the house to get my Pentax with 200 mm tele and honeywell electonic flash. I was concerned that he would fly away but he wanted the "mice" in the pile so was prepared to wait for as long as it took. He was not afraid of me in the least and was a model subject. Scanned from a photo. That was the first and only time I have seen a Saw-whet here in my lifetime! 
Sun 6 Jan 2002 02:06
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Peter Wallack Peter Wallack #1 Sun 6 Jan 2002 02:54

Wayne this is a great shot of this rare hard to photograph bird. I love the setting . You need to get this a little sharper , That may mean the bird smaller in the frame. Work on it ; it is worth all the work you can put in.

Al  Shortt Al Shortt #2 Sun 6 Jan 2002 03:15

Peter said my thoughts exactly.

valerie hutton valerie hutton #3 Sun 6 Jan 2002 05:12

aan awesome capture Wayne!

valerie hutton valerie hutton #4 Sun 6 Jan 2002 05:12

an awesome capture Wayne!

Katrin Andreyeff Katrin Andreyeff #5 Sun 6 Jan 2002 05:13

Outstanding! I never seen this bird before. It doesn`t look scary, rather concern with something. And proportion of the body is interesting - head is almost half of his body`s length.

Sandra Battaglia Sandra Battaglia #6 Sun 6 Jan 2002 08:12

Wow! This is great Wayne! The eyes, and the expression...Body language of this raptor is superb! Nice motion in the turn of the head and the wing. I have to agree that a little more sharpness would make this a `killer` of a photo. However, nature doesn`t cooperate most of the time. I really like this! Thank you! smile

Linda Yee Linda Yee #7 Sun 6 Jan 2002 08:18

Your use of depth of field on this photo is very good. Also, you have done this shot in such a way that the viewer`s eyes are drawn to the eyes of the little owl. Nice work.

Reda Danaf Reda Danaf #8 Sun 6 Jan 2002 10:49

Superb shot Wayne, a bit more sharpness would turn this to a real winner.

Lucien Vander Sypt Lucien Vander Sypt #10 mon 7 Jan 2002 15:25

Excellent and rare owl portrait! The quality of composition and subject greatly compensate the little lack of sharpness.

Wayne Chiu Wayne Chiu #11 Tue 8 Jan 2002 14:47

Nice capture ^^You must be living in jungle smile

Adel Mansour Adel Mansour #12 Thu 10 Jan 2002 07:22

Super photo Wayne

peter o neill peter o neill #13 Thu 10 Jan 2002 08:56

An outstanding capture. The noise levels are a little high on my end(might be compression) But sharpness could be improved

A Beautiful Light Photography San Diego CA A Beautiful Light Photography San Diego CA #14 Fri 11 Jan 2002 04:24

so sweet smile

Vladimir Serov Vladimir Serov #15 mon 21 Jan 2002 11:14

Very good photo, just pity for unsharpness.

kurt yang kurt yang #16 Tue 2 Apr 2002 21:38

great photo with great story.