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Wide eyed and legless...

....anyone remember that old Amen Corner song? (:o)

I fell in love with this little chap, weekend before last, when I dragged my long-suffering husband along to Libertys Raptor Centre in Ringwood.  Isn`t he just gorgeous?  

I have another couple of shots from the day, and some information to follow.

I hope I have now managed to catch up with all my replies.....sorry if I have missed any.  With a bit of luck, I might be able to catch up on what I have missed in the way of photographs over the weekend.

comments (35)

Wow! Rosalyn! 63 mm! A que distancia estabas. Un enfoque perfecto! Bravo!

Wow! Rosalyn! 63 mm! To that it distances you were. A perfect approach! Bravo!
Rosalyn Sears: So glad you like it, Jose. (:o)
What a beauty. Owls are truly fascinating and very beautiful. Great capture.
Rosalyn Sears: I think this is a youngster, and he was just so cute! Some of the owls and eagles were breathtakingly magnificent, but this one was definitely `cute`. (:o)
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2007, 00:38
This is a lovely bird. It looks cuddlesome, although it probably is anything but.
Rosalyn Sears: Thanks, Martin. I would have like to have popped this one in my pocket. (:o)
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Dec 2007, 01:21
I really love tawny owls and your title is really funny. Why is it that birds evoke so many emotions from us ?
Rosalyn Sears: I think it is the forward facing eyes. Much like dogs with flat faces. Big eyes facing straight forwards in a moon shaped face, like say a Shih-Tzu, are very appealling. I believe it is because the proportions are similar to human least I think I read that somewhere. lol! (:o)
Very nice lighting. I love all the details that pop out. The feathers. The woodgrain.
Rosalyn Sears: I didn`t have a lot of choice with the lighting, but this little guy had popped right out onto the front ledge of his pen and, happily, out of the shadows. (:o)
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Dec 2007, 01:49
It is a fine image, Rosalyn. And it makes me smile...I can't stop thinking Tea Cosy, like my grandmother used to use.
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Ray. There is something terribly cute about this little fellow. He brought a smile to my face too! (:o)
  • Aussie
  • on the night shift
  • 10 Dec 2007, 03:32
WOWEE, fantastic.
Rosalyn Sears: Well thank you, Aussie. I am happy you think so. (:o)
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2007, 03:54
Wow. An owl with open eyes in the day time and that too at 63mmm focal length. Truly a great picture.
Rosalyn Sears: I must admit, I was surprised they were so alert. Maybe it is because a lot of them have been bred in captivity, and don`t actually have to hunt to survive. They certainly all still have the instinct though, as watching them being flown proved. (:o)
Looks like a Royal Doulton.

(Afraid I don't get the "Amen Corner song" reference, though).
Rosalyn Sears: I guess it does! (:o) Sorry you don`t know the song - it is about a drunk, actually, but the first line seemed to suit this little chap so well. (:o)
  • Gale
  • Cape of storms
  • 10 Dec 2007, 05:39
Wow this weeks photos are the best I have seen. This is exceptional.He is absolutly gorgeous. I love the shape of the feathers around the eyes.
Rosalyn Sears: Well thank you for the high praise, Gale. It will go to my head.......oh no it won`t, because I still have my disasters to put up yet. lol! How cute is he, though? I so would love to get involved with this sort of work. (:o)
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2007, 06:01
Absolutely gorgeous bird and shot, Roz. I wish you'd show more of wood to the left, though (say to 1x1 crop), but you were probably in a hurry.
PS. Why would you drag your suffering husband to an animal hospital? The human doses of medicine already don't work on him? smile
Rosalyn Sears: Not so much in a hurry, as quite restricted for the angle. I would definitely have prefered a landscape shot, but the walls of the pens either side would have come into the frame. He is just lovely, isn`t he? I would have liked to have lingered longer, but I was freezing. What`s more to the point, my husband was freezing, too, and I thought it prudent to call it a day. (:o)

Love your ps! (:o)
  • Roland
  • France
  • 10 Dec 2007, 07:05
Wow Roz ! How nice ! I do like the details, the DOF...
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Roland. You are very kind. (:o)
Wonderful endearing image Ros, it makes us forget that they are killers ... So a wolf in sheeps clothing er ... well sort of! (hmmm but who minds about that. richard.
Rosalyn Sears: He does make you just want to scoop him up! I think this is just a youngster. (:o)
  • Ann
  • 10 Dec 2007, 07:52
Oh Edwige, Harry's howl ... Very beautiful. She seems to be so quiet !!! A good lesson for me ... Ann
Rosalyn Sears: lol! love your comment! (:o)
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Dec 2007, 08:05
What a beauty Roz smile
Rosalyn Sears: He was, Tracy. I was thrilled to have seen him. (:o)
Excellent capture of a rapturewink
Rosalyn Sears: lol! Thank you, Nigel. (:o)
Wonderful capture Rosalyn. The lighting and the details are great.
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Richard. I am glad you think so. (:o)
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2007, 08:45
How fabulous, Roz! Makes you want him as a stuffed toy to cuddle. smile
Rosalyn Sears: Cute, isn`t he? (:o)
  • Stan
  • 10 Dec 2007, 09:29
Now this is a great shot. Tiny nitpick is wanting greater depth of field but given the distance.....
Rosalyn Sears: That`s a very fair comment but, to be honest, I was relieved to get anything. lol! I was so excited by seeing these birds, I just didn`t give myself enough thinking time. Also, my brain was beginning to freeze. Next time I will go on my own, and take a bit more time over it. (:o)
lol,love the title,beautiful bird,beautifully captured Rosalynsmile
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, tim. I fell in love with this little chap. (:o)
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Dec 2007, 11:20
If he (husband) doesn't want to go - drag me along - just send a plane ticket. It looks like a great place for some pictures. Great shot - is it a snow owl?

Ray's comparison with a tea cosy fits in. Must have been cold.
Rosalyn Sears: Louis, I reckon my husband would pay you to take his place! I think it must be truly boring to follow someone around, if you are not interested in photography. Pete likes seeing the photographs, but I don`t think he enjoys the dead slow and stop speed at which I trail around. (Much the same way I feel when I take my mother shopping! lol!)

I don`t think it is a snow owl. I think it is a young Barred Owl. It was the closest match I could find on the internet....but I could be wrong. Guess who forgot to take notes?
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 10 Dec 2007, 12:04
I'm in love as well! I guess we'll be fighting over him. Absolutely gorgeous, amazing, stunning shot.
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Scarlet. He certainly has `pulling` power. (:o)
  • Monika
  • ugly London, pouring rain
  • 10 Dec 2007, 12:05
What a sweetie! Owls are so cute! I have been to similar sanctuary in Cornwall, I have even adopted one of them, please see my 'kid' here: smile smile smile
What kind of owl is this one?
Rosalyn Sears: I remember that one, Monika! I believe I was rather taken with it. As for the type - guess who forgot to take notes. I have looked on the internet and the closest I can get is a Barred Owl. I may be wrong, though.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 10 Dec 2007, 12:49
Beautiful photograph of a beautiful bird. Very nicely done, Roz.
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Kathryn. I was glad to have got this shot. (:o)
Look at that face. Great zoom in.
Rosalyn Sears: Thanks, Gail. He is cute, is he not? (:o)
What a splendid bird... know to be wised... don't know why... it's a very good picture ! In my likeys.
Rosalyn Sears: Oh I am so happy that you like this one! I think they are considered to be wise because they seem to sit and `think` a lot. lol! (:o)
Not a fan of Owls (find them spooky), but I must say you have done a great job capturing this image. Very nice.
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, I appreciate your kind comment. I love them. We hear them every night here, but seldom catch a glimpse of them. (:o)
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 10 Dec 2007, 19:54
This is a very good capture of a handsome fella, love it
Rosalyn Sears: Thanks, Astrid. Lovely little chap, don`t you think? (:o)
  • Chris
  • frosty tonight!
  • 10 Dec 2007, 21:49
grin double cute smile
Rosalyn Sears: Indeed he is! I could have popped him in my pocket and brought him home. (:o)
They are such beautiful creatures Ros and this is a lovely shot.
Rosalyn Sears: Thanks, Bill. I really fell for this little chap. (:o)
  • Ellie
  • damp and cool
  • 10 Dec 2007, 23:58
Cor, this is astonishingly good.

Your pictures are really quite something.

Am I right that this was through glass?
Rosalyn Sears: Hi Ellie. You must go there! You would really enjoy it. I did get a few pictures I liked, but my there were some real stinkers, too! lol!

Not through glass, no. Check out tomorrow`s (actually today`s now) text, and see if you can understand my description. Honestly, though, I can highly recommend a visit. (:o)
  • Robert
  • Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 11 Dec 2007, 04:08
Rosalyn Sears: Well thank you, Robert! (:o))))
  • jd72
  • france
  • 12 Dec 2007, 22:23
Bel oiseau
  • pops
  • 18 Dec 2007, 21:35
How I would love to get as close as you did for this shot.
Beautifully framed
Beautiful shot, Owls are quite mysterious. I really like the light his little black eyes.

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