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Owl
The world of wings bird of prey centre in Cumbernauld had a Griffin Vulture called Gandolf and after being chased by 3 wild buzzards he went missing for eight days. He was found on the isle of Islay and returned to the centre. He was not fitted with a tracker as standard ones were too small for a bird of this size. A keen photographer who visited the centre regularly thought it would be an idea to organise a photoshoot with the birds, both static and in flight, for a limited number of photographers who would pay a fee and Gandolf could get his special tracker. I was lucky enough to be one of the lucky ones to get on the shoot, this is one of the owls taking a break from flying.
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alanuk  [Jul 01, 2014 at 08:55 PM]
Cracking stuff, Peter. I'm so pleased you were able to get shots like this. I love the fact they the owls appear to be able to turn their heads seemingly 359 degrees in either direction This guy looks quite small judging from the detail in the post. I'm guessing it's a Little Owl? My own niggle is the artificial grass but there's nothing you can do about that.
SteveT  [Jul 01, 2014 at 09:18 PM]
Nice image with the blurred background isolating the Owl it works very well, only point I can make is when viewed at
full size the feathers look a bit soft. like it a lot well taken
Photojunkie  [Jul 02, 2014 at 09:39 AM]
It's smashing Peter. Such a pretty little creature and those big black eyes. Like your background too and I also like the Astro Turf (?) - only because it reminds me that it's not out in the wild but in a Centre. I assume they have it on all the posts for comfort?
Helen  [Jul 03, 2014 at 07:55 AM]
A super shot of this beautiful owl Peter with those big black eyes & showing plenty of details on his feathers. Also like how you have blurred the background focusing only on the owl. Well taken.
George  [Jul 04, 2014 at 09:11 PM]
Can only agree with the above accolades Peter,a cracking shot indeed.
The background suitably blurred to give a 3D effect to the Owl.
Excellent shot Sir, luv it.
JOHN  [Jul 05, 2014 at 08:57 AM]
Agree with comments above, I wish I could turn my head like that.
Not 359° Alan but a good 180° I would think.
N.B. No second thoughts Alan sorry you are right, from a full turn in one direction to a full turn in the other must be an almost a full 360°. I was just thinking straight ahead to left then right.
par5score2  [Jul 06, 2014 at 02:14 PM]
I just love it
Beermonsta  [Jul 08, 2014 at 06:01 PM]
Thanks all for the kind comments