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Night Eyes

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 30 September 2010 in Animal & Insect.

Great Horned Owls have spectacular vision allowing them to pinpoint prey and see in low light. The eyes of Great Horned Owls are nearly as large as those of humans and are immobile within their circular bone sockets. Instead of turning their eyes, they turn their heads. Therefore, their neck must be able to turn a full 270 degrees in order to see in other directions without moving its entire body.

NIKON D5000 1/320 second F/5.6 ISO 400 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

Julie from Le Cannet des Maures, France

Epoustouflante cette photo

30 Sep 2010 5:58am

@Julie: Thanks, Julie.

Bill Brown from California, United States


30 Sep 2010 6:06am

@Bill Brown: Thanks, Bill.

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Exquisite portrait ! Have a nice day Barbara :)

30 Sep 2010 8:47am

@Tamara: Thanks, Tamara!

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Fantastic portrait , lovely details and those eyes ...Phil.

30 Sep 2010 10:05am

@Phil: Thanks, Phil.

Lougris from Toulouse, France

sublime !!!! :)

30 Sep 2010 10:55am

@Lougris: Thanks, Lougris.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

This shot definitely gets your attention Barbara! Super animal portrait! Well done! ;-)

30 Sep 2010 12:14pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks, Eric.

Iknow from Chengdu, China

this is cool:) love its bright eyes,very nicely seen and captured!

30 Sep 2010 12:42pm

@Iknow: Thanks!

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Wow! I love those intense and amazingly clear eyes!!! A gorgeous bird!

30 Sep 2010 2:14pm

@Tracy: Thanks, Tracy.

ghetu from Mumbai, India

oh my god! this is real brilliant!!!

30 Sep 2010 2:32pm

@ghetu: Thanks!

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I know you are probably a COwboy fan but this Owl could be an assett to the "Who Dat" group further south and to the east ;-) Nevertheless and notwithstanding, I LOVE Owls!!! Wonderful job Barbara!

30 Sep 2010 3:34pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks. Owls are so cool. Don't you love their eyes.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

ps -and yes, they bring new meaning to the phrase "keep your head on a swivel"

30 Sep 2010 3:35pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Beautiful shot :)

30 Sep 2010 4:26pm

@Shahryar: Thanks.

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Ce grand duc prend la pose ! Je te souhaite une agréable soirée

30 Sep 2010 5:47pm

@jpla: Thank you!

Wolfen from Villefranche S/S, France

Un superbe portrait animalier !!! félicitation sur le niveau de détail !!
Le bokhe est très réussi !
Bravo et bonne soirée

30 Sep 2010 5:52pm

@Wolfen: Thank you!

LauraS from Chico, United States

Oh, wonderful shot, Barbara. Love it.

30 Sep 2010 5:59pm

@LauraS: Thanks, Laura.

G. Aunión from Mérida, Spain

nice owl, nice portrait

30 Sep 2010 6:18pm

@G. Aunión: Thanks.

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Mrs. Thomas,
The close up is excellent, including color and detail. 5 stars *****In my book, I found this owl, among some other species of owls. Have a nice evening and all the best. Thank you for your nice comment.
Sincerely Christel

30 Sep 2010 7:53pm

@Christel: Thanks, Christel.

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This is so wonderful ... an exquisite closeup and clear view that most of us don't see very often. *****

30 Sep 2010 10:04pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thanks, Judy. He was so beautiful.

Paul from summerside, Canada

Great close up

30 Sep 2010 10:22pm

@Paul: Thanks, Paul.

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

beautiful portrait Barbara! I worked with these beautiful birds at MASS. Audubon! They are very smart! We had a Great horned that we had to bring to the vet, eye specialist, for cataract surgery! The Talons will do a lot of damage! This certain owl would bring me a mouse in his beak ,and put it in front of me, and do a little dance, like he was providing food for me! We fed them dead mice every day. He lived 22 years in captivity! I miss him very much.

30 Sep 2010 11:17pm

@Wild Mustang Photography: Wow, that's so neat that you got to do that. This guy was injured also, and was with a woman who saves and releases injured birds of prey. I hope he gets to fly again.

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente captura, me encantan estas aves!

1 Oct 2010 12:24am

@Isidro: Thank you!

Glo from Northeast, United States

Incredible detail and clarity! fantastic shot....

1 Oct 2010 1:35am

@Glo: Thanks.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Fantastic detail! Gorgeous bird

1 Oct 2010 4:59am

@Magda: Thanks.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A gorgeous portrait - wonderful image !

1 Oct 2010 9:55am

@Loner: Thanks, Sonja.

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Omg!..what an excellent close-up..its absolutely superb...excellence all the way my win all the stars again here....

1 Oct 2010 6:02pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thanks!!

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Nice head shot. The eyes are mesmerizing.

2 Oct 2010 1:58am

@Julie Brown: Aren't they?!

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Excellent shot!

2 Oct 2010 9:18am

@Sarah: Thanks!

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

my favorite shot of the day!! amazing creature. beautiful beyond description. raptors are COOL!!!

2 Oct 2010 9:30pm

@Tim: Thanks, Tim.

1/320 second
ISO 400
300 mm (35mm equiv.)