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Speotyto cunicularia

Speotyto cunicularia
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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-15 12:05
Viewed: 11464
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It's a "coruja-do-campo" (Speotyto cunicularia). In English, burrowing owl. They usually build their nests by digging holes. They can be found almost all over Brazil, feed on insects and have nocturnal and diurnal habits.

Below, some beliefs about owls, extracted from www.owlpages.com/articles.php?section=Owl+Mythology&title=World .

Afghanistan: the owl gave man flint and iron to make fire - in exchange, man gave the owl his feathers.

Australia: aborigines believe bats represent the souls of men and owls the souls of women. Owls are therefore sacred, because your sister is an owl - and the owl is your sister.

Brittany: an owl seen on the way to the harvest is the sign of a good yield.

Cameroom: too evil to name, the owl is known only as "the bird that makes you afraid".

France: when a pregnant woman hears an owl it is an omen that her child will be a girl.

Germany: if an owl hoots as a child is born, the infant will have an unhappy life. "A charm against the terrible consequences of being bitten by a mad dog was to carry the heart and right foot of an owl under the left armpit." (Encyclopedia of Superstitions)

Ireland: an owl that enters the house must be killed at once, for if it flies away it will take the luck of the house with it.

Israel: in Hebrew lore the owl represents blindness and desolation and is unclean.

Jamaica: to ward off the owl's bad luck, cry "salt and pepper for your mammy".

Japan: among the Ainu people the eagle owl is revered as a messenger of the gods or a divine ancestor. They would drink a toast to the eagle owl before a hunting expedition. The screech owl warns against danger. They would nail wooden images of owls to their houses in times of famine or pestilence.

Mexico: the owl makes the cold North wind (the gentle South wind is made by the butterfly). The little owl was called "messenger of the lord of the land of the dead", and flew between the land of the living and the dead.

Peru: boiled owl is said to be a strong medicine.

Poland: Polish folklore links owls with death. Girls who die unmarried turn into doves; girls who are married when they die turn into owls. An owl cry heard in or near a home usually meant impending death, sickness, or other misfortune. An old story tells how the owl does not come out at during the day because it is too beautiful, and would be mobbed by other, jealous birds.

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I love the pose, the detail, and the colors. The sky really contrasts against this owl. The beak is sharp (pun intended) and leaves no doubt as to how dangerous they can be. Nice focus of the eye, the texture of feathers, and the soft underbelly. Terrific job.

Bonjour Livio, quelle superbe pose, il semble être pensif et ne poser que pour toi,
magnifique photo avec de très jolies couleurs, une netteté parfaite avec de très jolis détails dans le plumage et un oeil magnifique,
bravo pour cette belle composition,

Wow! like he is saying what a view :) excellent colours and details on the plumage.
Well photograph

Hello my old friend,
As far as I can see, (not so good with my laptop), this looks great. The bird's pose as it looks up, and it's placement in the frame off-center left works very well..I just sent my tower off to get the full treatment..if you now what I mean :(
Well done Livio.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-15 13:16]

Hello Livio,
Fantastic light in this photo. Specially on the eye. Great pose, details, BG and composition.

Excellent Shot!
I love the background, colors, focus an more!
Keep up the good work!

Ola Livio,
Muito bom,otima nitidez.
O olho da coruja esta excelente.Parabens.

Hi Livio,
A very clear image!
I like so much the lighting here, and the details got on the owl's plumage.
It's so good the way the yellow eye stands out from the scene.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Livio,
The pose really makes this shot. Beautiful colors and tones in this photo. The detail is very sharp, and you have a ideal OOF backround. Great yellow eyes are amazing.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-16 0:40]

Ola Livio Soares,
Pose you captured is very cute :o) I liked the light, colors, focus and sharpness a lot. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Livio
Excellent shot of this Burrowing Owl,
Great focusing,BG and use of flash,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-16 10:12]

Hi Livio,

I don't think I have seen this owl before! You caught him in a nice pose. Wonderful colors and very sharp details of both the face and plummage. Love that yellow eye and the beak.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-16 14:59]

Hey Livio ! That's a very good portrait of that Owl, soooo sharp and bright ! Great details in the plummage, great background and perfect exposure ! Well done,


Hola Livio,
Excelente foto, me gusta la rara pose de la lechuza. Esta especie es fenomenal para retratar, son muy fotogénicas!

Hi Livio,
This owl is simply F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C !!!
Hi level of details (plumage!!!) and wonderful colours. The eye of your bird is amazing and searching for dinner?
BG is absolutly lovely.
Best regards,


Excelente foto.
otima definição.Parabéns

Olá Livio!
Que nitidez impressioante você conseguiu com nessa coruja, tenho uma dificuldade imensa em conseguir foco quando uso 420mm, nunca tentei fotografar pássaros, mas tiro fotos de aviões e metade delas ficam sempre desfoicadas acima dos 300mm, tenho que praticar mais! hehe
Parabéns e Abraço!

Hello Livio,
I like the bright light in your image. Nice colours and details
as well.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-09 3:11]

Hi Livio,
excellent detail and i love the way that eye is so striking to look at here...very good DOF and clarity, well done!!

Hi Livios,
Once again your owl shots are fantastic, the eye is definitely the focal point in this picture as it draws you right in. Very nicely captured on the very pleasing soft background.
I haven't been participating as much as I would like to but there are other things to do. I hope that your doing ok and that you are still photographing the cool animals of Brazil. Take care Friend. :)

Olá Livio.
Excelente imagem !
Muito clara e com cores bem vivas, agradáveis ao nosso olhar !!!


excellent colours and details on the plumage.

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