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Great Horned Owl
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Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl
Taken at the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center's annual Pow Wow.
© Gary W. Lake
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Terry Gilman

member since: 7/15/2003
    Gorgeous portrait of this owl Gary; detail his position, background; all excellent!

9/28/2003 7:49:48 AM

 
Judith G. Secco
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Beautifully done, GAry.
Judy

9/28/2003 8:15:11 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

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Fantastic shot Gary. Very colorful and sharply detailed. Nice work.

9/28/2003 8:20:11 AM

 
zcaley 
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Pefect shot Gary. Very nice.

9/28/2003 8:41:24 AM

 
Pascal Meerpoel

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Beautiful capture, Gary ! Nice detail and conterst.

9/28/2003 10:34:21 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Great capture, Gary!

9/28/2003 12:53:36 PM

 
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Super portrait, Gary!!

9/28/2003 12:57:01 PM

 
Gary W. Lake
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Thank you all so much for the kind words! I really appreciate it. I got lucky on the background - it was dark and I shot him silhouetted against the inside of an outdoor pavillion. With a little creative cropping and cloning I ended up with a solid black background. I spent the weekend at this event and got a lot of really neat stuff, some of which you all will probably be seeing in the coming days. 8^)

Again, thanks everyone!

9/28/2003 4:29:33 PM

 
Gene Spears
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excellent shot Gary! I went to the raptor center in our area recently, but couldn't get any good shots because the birds were behind mosquito netting - bummer!

9/28/2003 7:09:42 PM

 
Gary W. Lake
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Thanks Gene! Did you talk to any of the people at the Center? The volunteers at this presentation were very accomodating, offering to take birds out and pose them etc. They let me get right in close and shoot as much as I wanted. However, all of the birds they show are "educational" birds that cannot be returned to the wild for one reason or another - usually they're damaged in some way. The wild birds that will be released back into the wild are kept away from human contact as much as possible. Usually they're very helpful since your photos and story can help their center with funding etc.

9/28/2003 8:20:48 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Wow - fabulous shot, Gary!

9/28/2003 9:08:49 PM

 
Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Fabulous as usual, Gary!!! I love your work.

9/28/2003 9:26:09 PM

 
Gary W. Lake
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Thank you so much Evy & Leanne!

9/29/2003 1:45:25 AM

 
Mark Oxley
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Much has already been said about this stunning image Gary. I would like to add my admiration too!! Owls are one of my favourite birds and you have done a great job of showing the incredible beauty of this magnificent specimen!

9/29/2003 10:41:13 PM

 
Gary W. Lake
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Thank you very much Mark! I agree whole-heartedly with you on the beauty of these birds.

9/30/2003 1:28:03 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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Congrats on all of your wins this month, Gary!

10/17/2003 2:45:12 AM

 
William C. Raco
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Fantastic portrait, Gary.
Congratulations.

bill

10/17/2003 3:18:54 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congrats to you, Gary!!

10/17/2003 5:11:26 AM

 
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Congrats on your fine image, Gary!

10/17/2003 6:13:29 AM

 
Beverley Lu Steeves
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Excellent image! And Congratulations again!!! Love the black background. Gives it drama :)

10/17/2003 7:17:01 AM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Congrats Gary!

10/17/2003 8:07:27 AM

 
Robert Brown
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Congrats, Gary. Perfectly shot!

10/17/2003 8:30:24 AM

 
Dan S. Coquia

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Congratulations, Gary!

10/17/2003 9:14:45 AM

 
Evy Johansen
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Many congratulations and good luck, Gary!

10/17/2003 2:23:18 PM

 
Gary W. Lake
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Thank you all very much for such wonderful comments and wishes!

10/17/2003 5:06:05 PM

 
Gabriela Cunha

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CONGRATS, Gary!
:) gy

10/17/2003 5:16:58 PM

 
Oksana Pashko

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Bravo, Gary! this owl looks gorgeous! Many congrats.

10/17/2003 5:21:39 PM

 
Jean Papo
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Congratulations Gary on your winning shot! Beautiful!

10/17/2003 9:05:18 PM

 
Warren Ishii
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A dynamite shot Gary...wow!

10/18/2003 12:18:09 AM

 
Gary W. Lake
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Thank you Gaby, Oksana, Jean & Warren!

10/18/2003 3:07:08 AM

 
Randy A. Myers
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Congrats and good luck.

10/18/2003 7:01:27 AM

 
Susana Matos
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Congrats and good luck,
cheers from Portugal, Su

10/18/2003 1:47:22 PM

 
Gary W. Lake
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Thanks Randy & Su!

10/18/2003 2:07:56 PM

 
Elizabeth Stiles

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Congrats Gary, Wonderful capture!

10/30/2003 12:16:26 PM

 
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