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Northern Pygmy Owl with Prey

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Northern Pygmy Owl with Prey
Northern Pygmy Owl with Prey
ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, Canon 500mm IS lens + 1.4X extender, tripod. After this owl (quite unexpectedly) showed up in my backyard yesterday and I got some good shots, I figured that was nice but it would be the last chance I had at the bird. It wasn't around this morning, but this afternoon I looked out to find that it had captured a bird (a House Sparrow based on the markings) and started to feed. This image shows clearly how truly tiny the Pgymy Owl is. What is amazing is that shortly after this image was taken, the owl flew off with its meal to another location. So, it was able to fly carrying something weighing almost as much as itself.
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Liz Bullock
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    Excellent capture!!!!


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9/25/2008 5:39:12 PM

 
Steve Pinzon
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That's an amazing pic, and great clarity. Nice shot!


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9/25/2008 5:51:57 PM

 
Anne M. Young
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WOW - this really puts your other shot into perspective. Great clarity etc!


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9/25/2008 5:56:42 PM

 
Kumiko Parkinson
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Oh my God! What an opportunity! You captured this drama with such a clarity and in great comp, great job, John!


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9/25/2008 6:09:58 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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Amazing capture. Just beautiful.


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9/26/2008 2:59:44 AM

 
Summer A. Kozisek
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I really liked the last one John, but this is fantastic! Great capture, and how cool that this was in your backyard. I love your gallery, I'm an avid birder myself!


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9/26/2008 11:11:21 AM

 
KARU WIJESUNDARA. A.N.P.A.S.
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THIS CAPTURE IS EXCELLENT HERE.

KARU.


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9/27/2008 7:58:10 PM

 
John Tubbs
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Thanks so much to everyone who commented on this image, it is greatly appreciated! John


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9/27/2008 8:44:41 PM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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An outstandingly beautiful, story-telling capture, John! Congratulations on your amazing finalist!


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10/22/2008 7:58:59 PM

 
Dianna Murphy
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Wow, that's so cool, Congratulations.


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10/23/2008 1:17:38 AM

 
Anne M. Young
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Congratulations - I loved this when I first saw it


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10/23/2008 6:46:56 AM

 
Usman Bajwa
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Congrats. on this very beautiful Finalist.

UB.


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10/23/2008 11:09:26 AM

 
Summer A. Kozisek
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Congrats on your finalist John, good luck in the next round!


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10/23/2008 4:12:43 PM

 
John Tubbs
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Thanks everyone!!


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10/23/2008 10:45:53 PM

 
Denny E. Barnes
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Congratulations John, on your very beautiful and well deserved finalist!!


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10/24/2008 8:24:53 AM

 
Liz Bullock
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Congrats!!!


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10/24/2008 11:38:21 PM

 
Brad Sharp
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Great Shot John. Nice clarity, DOF, color, and composition. One nit though - the tip of the orange leaf at the top of the photo is a bit distracting. Remove that and you have an excellent shot.

Congratulations on being a finalist. Well deserved.


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11/9/2008 10:29:47 PM

 
Linda A. Braddock
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John, Beautiful Capture. I love it!
Linda


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12/4/2008 10:30:37 AM

 
John Tubbs
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Thanks again to all the folks who commented on the image!


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12/4/2008 10:35:30 AM

 
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