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Snowy Owl on Borrowed Osprey Nest
Snowy Owl on Borrowed Osprey Nest
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Masters' Free Study III (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Challenges: Macos / Close ups
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Cape Cod
Date: Jan 21, 2014
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: Jan 26, 2014

We have been very fortunate to have a beach/dune/marsh area within 8 or so miles that has been frequented by at least one snowy owl since early January. Since the local paper ran an article with photographs taken at this location you can tell where they are by looking for the cluster of parked cars.

This owl spent time on the ground and also on available structures like this empty osprey nest. His/her eyes were closed, or nearly closed, most of the time. This was the most open I saw them.

I don't do much bird photography in the wild, but this was such an unusual opportunity, and these birds are magnificent, so I made an exception!

Thank you for the votes and great comments. Much appreciated.

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Statistics
Place: 10 out of 98
Avg (all users): 6.7910
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 6.6719
Avg (non-participants): 6.8584
Views since voting: 697
Views during voting: 384
Votes: 177
Comments: 30
Favorites: 2 (view)


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02/14/2014 10:38:33 AM
stunning!
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02/05/2014 09:14:23 PM
Great find Penny, and you captured it well. Congrats on TT.
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02/04/2014 05:15:24 PM
I can't harp enough on how beautiful this shot is and so perfectly framed as well. Please take me with you next time. I would be complete if I had a shot like this.

Message edited by author 2014-02-04 17:16:20.
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02/04/2014 01:10:03 AM
Congrats on TT, Penny. A lovely shot, this was up in my top few.
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02/03/2014 10:19:47 PM
good for you...how lucky to be able to see such a beautiful creature...well done
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02/03/2014 07:36:52 PM
This is spectacular and I'm SO glad you made the Top Ten.
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02/03/2014 04:12:01 PM
awesome capture
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02/03/2014 12:49:34 PM
Congratulations on your top 10 image.
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02/03/2014 10:02:32 AM
Wonderful stuff, Penny! Congrats on the great image and the high finish. I had this pegged for the first page.
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02/03/2014 09:12:57 AM
What a beauty! An excellent capture!
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02/03/2014 06:58:34 AM
Soooo gorgeous! I'm incredibly jealous that you have him there -- what a treat! Congrats on such a great finish!
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02/03/2014 01:17:22 AM
Oh Penny, this is so magnificent. I concur with all who have said it was an honor just to be able to see this bird in the wild. Congrats on the great finish.
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02/03/2014 12:38:17 AM
SO close to top ten, sweetie :-( SOOO close! Congrats on top ten, sweetie! Such an awesome image. We're so lucky that owl decided to winter over here :-)

Message edited by author 2014-02-03 13:04:21.
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02/03/2014 12:12:05 AM
Oh so close, to top ten, actually can't get any closer-you were one of my top picks.

Message edited by author 2014-02-03 00:12:18.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/02/2014 11:35:05 PM
Great shot. 9 (If sparrows are flying mice, as my husband claims, then owls are flying cats.)
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02/02/2014 10:20:30 PM
How lucky you are to have seen this beautiful snowy owl. It's handsomely presented, seemingly on a throne, disappearing into the weather.
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02/02/2014 10:13:28 PM
Beautiful picture of a snowy owl in the nest. (9)
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02/02/2014 09:56:17 PM
Sharp and beautifully rendered. Nicely done! 10
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02/02/2014 09:29:50 AM
She has squinty eyes :)


Lovely processing, top 10 for sure.
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02/02/2014 08:27:52 AM
B E A U T I F U L !
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02/01/2014 08:49:12 AM
Another Snowy Owl. Still jealous of everyone who's gotten shots like this!
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01/30/2014 08:27:38 PM
Aawww! So pretty! I heard they're coming very far south this year.
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01/30/2014 04:25:04 PM
Magnificent image, congratulations!!!
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01/30/2014 03:08:52 AM
I can almost hear him talk....... excellent 7
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01/29/2014 07:58:19 PM
A stunningly beautiful shot. I have an appreciation of just how difficult it is to photograph birds in the wild and must commend you on this shining example of great wildlife photography. Very well done indeed and I do hope it fares well in the challenge.
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01/29/2014 01:29:39 AM
What happens when the osprey comes back?? Beautifully photographed - excellent detail and warmth of color.
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01/28/2014 08:39:49 PM
Wonderful softness yet nice detail too.
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01/28/2014 11:59:42 AM
And it looks like s/he's saying, yeah, what of it! Beautiful bird.
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01/28/2014 11:32:40 AM
It looks quite annoyed with you.
Fantastic clarity, perfectly exposed, and IN THE WILD!
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01/27/2014 09:07:12 AM
LURVE!!! He looks sleepy. hee hee 8
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