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Camo Joe
Camo Joe

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Challenge: Free Study 2011-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM for Nikon
Location: Waterberg, Limpopo, South Africa.
Date: Sep 3, 2011
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2011

African Scops Owl (Otus senegalensis).
Photographed in the wild during my birding photo tours. Lucky sighting for me. Spotted by my friends and guides at Seokama Private Camp.

Due their small stature (17cm/6.7" tall), excellent camouflage (as can be seen by comparing the uncanny similarity of plumage to the tree's bark), and that they are nocturnal, they are seldom seen. They are tiny. Slightly larger than your outspread hand.

ETA Post Rollover: I named him Camo Joe because I had often bought outdoor gear at a small privately owned shop near me called Camo Joe. It just seemed to fit. Appears that the USA also has such a shop.

Place: 64 out of 297
Avg (all users): 6.1563
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 6.0938
Avg (non-participants): 6.3438
Views since voting: 505
Views during voting: 197
Votes: 128
Comments: 8
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10/08/2011 09:46:26 AM
I love this picture! Wish it placed much higher! I was one of your nines.
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10/08/2011 09:06:53 AM
wonderful detail in this. Great shot
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/05/2011 09:41:52 PM
Pretty amazing creature.
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10/02/2011 09:00:10 AM
Terrific shot, and great title!
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10/01/2011 08:10:29 PM
What an astonished look! Must be still a baby. Extraordinary feathers imitating the tree bark.
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10/01/2011 03:59:33 PM
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10/01/2011 02:18:14 PM
Lovely owl....pity he get so lost in the image. A much tighter crop to emphasize the owl and all his feathery texture glory would've done wondersQ
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10/01/2011 06:23:19 AM
nice find, focus is right on
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