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Great Horned Owlet by Don Poulton

November 2023 - Great Horned Owlet

About the Image(s)

On the same outing to the raptor conservancy, I photographed this great horned owlet who was posed in the branch of a tree trunk.

I used my Canon 7D Mark II and 100-400 mm lens. In Lightroom, I performed some minor denoise and sharpening, and cropped the image slightly.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
10 comments posted

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Don, great catch! Super face and perfect layout crop. Just me but I think the image needs a slight bit more saturation but of course I was not there. Amazing image Don.   Posted: 11/04/2023 18:24:18

Leslie Larson   Leslie Larson
Oh, how cute is that. The owlet is darling and while I like the lighter tones it could be darkened a tad. Maybe a bit too light on the top of the head? But very hard to fix that. I would have not cropped quite so close on the bottom as its foot is cut off a little.   Posted: 11/04/2023 20:43:49
Don Poulton   Don Poulton
Thanks Leslie. I'll check other images and try to fix the bottom.   Posted: 11/08/2023 13:05:09

Michael Braunstein   Michael Braunstein
The owl is so cute it. An S curve for more contrast might be interesting. You might try saturating the eyes a little more.   Posted: 11/10/2023 08:19:31

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Absolutely super close-up view of this attractive subject. Your image depicts everything that one needs to know about this lovely young bird and it's surroundings. Well done!   Posted: 11/10/2023 08:31:58

Ron Spencer   Ron Spencer
Wonderful pic. Would it be possible to revisit this little guy at intervals so you could get pictures as he/she matures?   Posted: 11/10/2023 10:13:53

Don Poulton   Don Poulton
Thanks everyone. As it happens, I'm going on another outing to this spot in a few weeks. But which birds become available to us to photograph is beyond my control, it's whatever the staff brings out for us.   Posted: 11/14/2023 13:57:41
Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Does the staff actually put the birds in a natural setting. Beautiful!   Posted: 11/14/2023 18:21:54
Don Poulton   Don Poulton
Yes, for the most part. The birds fly between perches, most of which appear quite natural.   Posted: 11/20/2023 11:10:23
Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
The Raptor Conservancy sound like an excellent place to shoot. Thanks for the info Don.   Posted: 11/20/2023 18:53:55