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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: 2007-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm UV
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Owls all over the world, Nature in Patos de Minas 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-03 21:49
Viewed: 6880
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Date taken: 2007/8/4

Left shot: f/7,1; 1/500; ISO 200
Middle shot: f/7,1; 1/500; ISO 200
Right shot: f/7,1; 1/640; ISO 200

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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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-08-03 22:04]

Very cute montage of this burrowing owl in different poses, Livio.
All are sharp and well exposed.
TFS. : )

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-03 22:38]

Hi Livio,

A lovely presentation of the owl in three poses. Each view is wonderful - beautiful natural colors and sharp details. The eyes are superb.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-08-03 23:18]

Ola Livio,
Que linda foto essa que voce tomou
A coruginha do campo esta magnifica
Cores e detalhes excelentes, bem nitida
meus parabens..


Hi Livio,
This is a wonderful series of photos, it would look very nice enlarged and placed on a wall. Very good work,
smiley tomorrow.

Hello Livio,
Thanks for the owl(s).
I heard that owls with yellows eyes are not active at night but during the day.
Dark black eyes at night and orange one at dusk or dawn (twilight operators;-)

Hi Livio
not only are the pictures great but also the montage with nice frame!

Hello Livio!
This is a very nice composition presenting a very beautiful owl species. I like POVs and saturation colour. Only the frame would be narrower as for me :)
Best greetings,

Hi Livio,
All great "points of view" of your owl. Each is well contrasted with nice color, detail, and exposure..Interesting note on the beliefs associated with the owl, and how they reflect on the different cultures.
Very well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-08-04 4:33]

Three good shots of the owl, Livio. And he looks good against the blurred BG.
I don't think NZ has any weird beliefs about owls...

Hi Livio,
Excellent sequence of shots!
I like the way you present us the appearance of this owl.
You caught all the intensity of its look, with the big eyes in the frontal view.
Very good the layout and the presentation done.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Beautiful series of this wonderful owl Livio.
Love the way you did capture the bird with the legs in the same pose while the pose of the head is different in all treeimages.
Excellent lighting and wonderful details, warm colors and soft background.
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice Sunday,

selam livio, an excellent collage each shot is superb ,very good composition of this owl nice povs and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

Hi Livio,
A very nice three panel presentation on the Burrowing Owl. It is amazing how far most owls can rotate their heads around. I believe it is around 270 degrees. Love those big yellow eyes.
Looks great!

Hi Livio,
3 good portraits!
I have always found this owl a really different and fascinating species, so different from their "relatives", so specialized,...
And wondeful note! TFS, Marta

Hi Livio,
what a nice collection these great captures. Nicely composed. Details, POVs and eyes contact very well. good notes to read. TFS
well done

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-06 6:15]

Ola Livio Soares,
Very nice collage :o) I liked the POV, colors and composition in each of the photos. TFS
Best wishes,

Sorry for missing this wonderful shot Livio, this is really super, I just love your burrowing friends of the south. We have the same species in our state back east. :)

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