Eastern Screech Owl

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Another life bird from Magee Marsh. I didn’t realize it was perched on one leg until I processed the image.

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Canon R5; 100-500 with 1.4 TC at 700 mm; 1/320 at f10; ISO 640

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Hi Allen
Your Eastern Screech Owl is just cool!!!

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Allen, I love owls, but have yet to have one pose for me. Maybe someday. This looks really good to me. His eyes just grabbed me in and then I viewed the rest of him. Very well done.

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Beautiful image, Allen. I love the scrunched down pose and the framing. The eyes, like most yellow owl eyes are just magnetic and the plumage detail is wonderful. Very well done.

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This is really a hoot! I really like the detail and the pose. Excellently composed.

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Hi Allen, I really like this image with fine sharpness and tones, those piercing eyes and the one raised foot. The off center composition works well here even though the bird is eyeing us straight on. Well done.

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What I love about this image is how it perfectly captures the essence of the owl in its natural setting. The way it blends with the tree and foliage is quite remarkable.

The framing is spot on, with the owl positioned centrally and the leaves creating a natural border that draws the eye right to those striking yellow eyes. The lighting is just right, highlighting the owl’s face and giving it a lively, curious look.

What really stands out is the expression on the owl’s face. The raised eyebrow adds a lot of character, almost giving it a look of surprise or curiosity. Noticing it perched on one leg only after processing the image adds a delightful detail that makes this shot unique.

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This one is excellent @Allen_Brooks, I love the look. Ditto to what everyone else has said here. Nice image.

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Hi Allen!
Nice shot! I love the colors of the eyes and the sharpness of the feathers. I like the position of the owl, with the one leg perched.

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Glad you got this screechie. It has been seen in several trees near the boardwalk and you were lucky enough to get a fairly good image. The eye contact and raised foot make this a special image. Well done…Jim

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Thanks, @Jim_Zablotny . It was easy to spot-just look for a large group of people staring up into a tree. Interestingly, the next day I saw it in the same species of tree on the other side of the boardwalk, but it wasn’t as photogenic.

Beautiful composition and lighting, Allen. Congratulation on the EP. Well deserved.

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Thanks @Allen_Sparks and @Dennis_Plank for the EP.

I am not a good criticer of technical aspects, what grabs me are interesting details of a photo. IMHO the visible talons of Raptor in Photos really add interest. I love the pose of one talon grasping the branch, and being able to see the other foot in the resting position. Also I noticed the the catch light in the right eye, and inlarging the photo, noticed it actually looks like a reflecton of trees or branches. If this were my photo, it woud be Flagged 5 Star. Congrats on a great photo!