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photoblog image Powerful Owl-  Ninox strenua

Powerful Owl- Ninox strenua

 

The powerful owl is only found along the coastal regions from Victoria through New South Wales and  Brisbane.

SIZE- 55cm  males can be larger.

VOICE- slow deep, resonant double hoot:  Female has upward inflection on 2nd note of call.

HABITAT- Tall open forests.  Slow deliberate flight on huge wings.

Zed and I went on a photo hunt yesterday and this was my prize. He/She had a mate but they were in a much higher tree. Taken in the forest close to the Botanical Gardens.

Powerful Owl- Ninox strenua

 

The powerful owl is only found along the coastal regions from Victoria through New South Wales and  Brisbane.

SIZE- 55cm  males can be larger.

VOICE- slow deep, resonant double hoot:  Female has upward inflection on 2nd note of call.

HABITAT- Tall open forests.  Slow deliberate flight on huge wings.

Zed and I went on a photo hunt yesterday and this was my prize. He/She had a mate but they were in a much higher tree. Taken in the forest close to the Botanical Gardens.

comments (24)

  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 13 Feb 2009, 00:48
Aussie Fabulase capture,I realy missed out yesterday didn't I Bugger! anyway very well done Mate
Aussie: Note the focal length, the 200 was too long. We missed you.
Thank you for your kind comment I'm sure others will wonder why I didn't crop it a bit tighter but I wanted to show some of his natural environment.
And what a prize it was. Amazing shot! I don't know what Zed got but I'd bet you got the prize shot.
Aussie: Zed limited himself to a different angle because his lens has a smaller focal length. he did get a nice shot, but he got a terrific one of a bearded dragon (big lizard)
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Feb 2009, 02:31
So this is a wild bird - very nice!
Aussie: Yea, we were so lucky as we were just about to leave the area when this couple asked us if we had been photographing the owls. What OWLS. We then followed them on their hunt.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 13 Feb 2009, 02:40
What a beautiful bird, Aussie. I would love to see him fly.

You really did get a fabulous capture of him smile
Aussie: I would have loved to get a shot of him flying.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 13 Feb 2009, 06:24
You were right m8, shot of the day. im glad l didn't take the chance of going around the front and spooking this bird, l could never have got a shot of this quality anyway and if l had scared him off l would never have forgiven myself.
Aussie: Thnx for that and in return I promise not to post a shot of you falling of the cliffs. ( well when I finally get it)
Cracking Aussie, the fact that it is wild makes it all the bettersmile
Aussie: Thanks Nigel, that was my thought as well.
Fabulous capture Aussie. Well done!
Aussie: Thank you Richard.
This was a prize worth having. Wonderful. He looks as if he is challenging you to take his photo.
Aussie: The early shots show him opening his eyes so I think this look was more 'what are you doing in my bedroom at this time of the day'.
wonderful capture, he seems to be looking right at you too, catchlights an all!
Aussie: Couldn't believe I had the catchlight in both eyes.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Feb 2009, 12:42
Wow,! I turned away just before the screen loaded and when I looked up I was face to face with this wondeful guy! He's lovely.
Aussie: Thank you Alan, that was my reaction when he came up on my computer screen. Use glasses so rarely get them out to check the shot.
5D, one of gods gifts to Photography!
Love owls, love this!!
Cheers
Rob

(Small nit, might have cropped a little of the distracting branch.. small small nit)
Aussie: Thanks Rob I thought long and hard about cropping before I posted and in the end left it to show him in his natural environment, but you could be right, the bit at the end has a bit of a distracting glare.
fabulous shot Aussie and at 125mm you must have been fairly close, lucky ladysmile
Aussie: Very lucky, I was so worried we would scare him especially as the guy who found him suddenly decided to use his flash.
Superb picture of a beautiful bird Aussie
Aussie: I knew you would like it Bill, I was so lucky getting this.
This is a good shot Aussie. What a lovely bird he/she is.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 13 Feb 2009, 23:41
Wow! What a shot!
What a handsome fella. Well caught.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Feb 2009, 23:09
Ah, you are the lucky one. Great picture.
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 15 Feb 2009, 07:29
Great - magic - wonderful (get the hint).

Well seen and caught.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 15 Feb 2009, 16:09
WOW! Fantastic capture. What a beautiful bird!!!
  • Red Pen
  • United States
  • 15 Feb 2009, 16:37
Great capture and 'eye contact' from this beautiful specimen.
  • Dr A. W!
  • United States
  • 17 Feb 2009, 12:44
owls are indeed very intriguing
This one is a likey ! No doubt about that !
Beautiful, beautiful image.
coooool!!!
I am jealous....
We've not found any Owls yet!!
Superb capture in what looks like tough light.
Cheers
Rob

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