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Sooooo Sleepy....

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Challenge: Baby Animals V (Standard Editing)
Collection: 2019 - Challenges
Camera: Nikon D750
Lens: Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 USD DI for Nikon
Location: Cape Coral, Florida
Date: May 12, 2019
Aperture: 11.0
ISO: 2000
Shutter: 1/640
Date Uploaded: May 21, 2019

DSC_4143-1 2019 05 12

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[May. 28th, 2019 11:07:06 PM]

These are the only 2 baby burrowing owls this year (last year there were 5!!!).

My childhood friend lives in Cape Coral, Florida. She calls me as soon as she sees the little ones pop out. This is about 1.5-2 wks after they came out.

This past Jan/Feb the male (Hootie) of this mating pair was killed. This spring the female (Hattie) found a new mate Johnnie (because he's a John...lol).

Just about the time that the babies appeared Hattie disappeared...so we fear the worst has happened.

We are anxious to see if Johnnie finds a new mate for next year....

Stay tuned!!!

This is Hattie

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And Hootie

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Johnnie (the interloper) - wink

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Place: 4 out of 35
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Votes: 57
Comments: 17
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06/05/2019 07:34:05 AM
Nice hooters. :-)

I'm not really a natural history guy, but this is a great shot of the two owls. (?)

Aesthetically the composition is bang on with the eye contact of the bird on the left on the third held in balance by the second one.

The only thing that I don't like so much is the dark stripe of grass across the top of the frame. The bokeh is not harsh but my eyes are draw up there and I think the image would have been stronger cropping that out and going for a more conventional aspect ratio.

The one solid blade of grass sticking up on an angle from the bottom right is slightly distracting but I realize you can't go out and mow the lawn in these situations and it dosn't hold my eye as long as the stripe at the top as it looks like it's in the right place.

Focus is bang on where you need it, the faces are both sharp and the catch lights in the one with it's eyes open give a lovely depth and life to the owl.

Exposure wise the left side of the left bird seems a bit over-exposed and the background grass seems a bit over-saturated, almost yellow. Possibly the raw conversion pushed that a bit to get the tones in the birds looking so nice, I'm not sure but yellow is fine without the darker strip at the top.

Overall a really nice image, well done.
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05/29/2019 08:56:06 AM
How fun to capture these little guys in this awesome photo!
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05/29/2019 07:03:44 AM
How LUCKY you are to get to see this. This is an amazing photo. One of my favorites in this challenge that had so many cute ones! Congratulations on 4th place.
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05/29/2019 05:26:02 AM
oh .. i thought i had congratulated you on this wonderful image and your near ribbon in the challenge ..
it looks even better bigger than what we see during the challenge ..
such impact .. WOW .. !! .. :)
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05/29/2019 02:16:36 AM
Another outstanding photo - I was pretty sure this would ribbon too. Some amazing photos in this challenge. Congrats!
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05/29/2019 12:42:10 AM
Burrowing owls are the best, nice fun shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/28/2019 09:24:19 PM
Hear, see and where is speak no evil?
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05/26/2019 05:24:02 PM
More like a cringe, knowing the other one is about to say something inappropriate.
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05/26/2019 10:52:13 AM
How lucky to be in the right place at the right time to get such a fabaulous shot. One of my favorites.
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05/25/2019 07:54:06 PM
lol .. looks like another pic i saw in another challenge .. that did very very well indeed .. this is on par ..
love that you have caught one looking at you and the other with its eyes closed .. the dof is absolutey glorious as is this pic ..
so cute .. :)
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05/25/2019 04:26:48 PM
these are the cutest owls ever! Great shot!
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05/25/2019 02:58:58 PM
Nicely composed.
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05/25/2019 02:47:11 PM
Great.....Love it!
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05/24/2019 04:19:38 PM
Awww! I love owls! In my top 5!
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05/23/2019 09:28:55 AM
In my top 5. Great expressions.
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05/22/2019 03:27:47 AM
I see you.

So cute!
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05/22/2019 12:34:46 AM
A real beaut image 8
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