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To whit to whoo

Although this whitefaced owl can be found in SA,  their habitat is more to the countries to the north.  This little fellow is a grown-up of about 27 cms.

Owls tend to frequent the same area,  making it possible to find them just by asking farmers in an area.  This one sits on its favourite perch,  with a huge plastic water holder in the background.

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These owl photos have been from the wild? Fabulous captures.
Louis: Next to a farmer's house on it's favourite perch. Owls tend to stay in the same place/area. Walking under trees or buildings the first sign can be the owl droppings that are white and contain rodent hair as well. On a farm you will find that many birds, including owls, will nest in the outbuildings of a farm. The barn of a grain farmer can have a lot of mice and it is easy for the barn owl to live around its food source. Thanks for the comment Mary.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 2 Jan 2008, 01:25
This is just fabulous, Louis...a Likey for me! I love the colors and how you've matched the border with the eyes.
Louis: Thank you Ginnie - and yes I did try to match the colours smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 2 Jan 2008, 01:36
Very crisp with transfixing eyes. Nice!
Louis: Thank you Martin - amazing eyes indeed.
The eyes have it ! Nice one bruv but who's he staring at ?
Louis: They have it, I believe you smile She must be staring at me for daring to come so near.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands..............
  • 2 Jan 2008, 05:28
Love the eyes and love the framing with it, very well done, sharp and crisp, a likey to me!!
Louis: Thank you Astrid and I am honoured.
  • GL@
  • The Netherlands
  • 2 Jan 2008, 07:10
Hij kijkt helder zo vlak na oud en nieuw
Louis: Dat komt van blogging voor oud en nieuw tongue Groetjes.
Louis, this is just gorgeous! Those eyes are so extraordinary, and the detail in the plumage. I`m amazed that this is a `wild` shot. (:o)
Louis: Constantly after the birds and sometimes I do get amazing opportunities. This is one of them. Thanks for the comment Rosalyn.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 2 Jan 2008, 07:45
Amazing looking bird Louis, the eyes are gorgeous.
Louis: Thanks Aussie - amazing and scarce as well. I had a double wammy here.
A wonderful shot Louis. I like the details. The eyes are fabulous
Louis: Thank you Richard, yes the eyes are special.
  • Stan
  • 2 Jan 2008, 09:00
Very nice owl shot. I'd have liked to see more feather detail though....
Louis: Thank you Stan - this was handheld so the detail could be improved on ...
superb detail in this photo Louis,well donesmile
Louis: Thank you tim
  • Tracy
  • Hungover!!
  • 2 Jan 2008, 10:19
What fantastic detail Louis truely amazingsmile
Louis: Thank you Tracy from Hungover (sounds almost like a town in Germany) smile
  • Michelle
  • South Africa
  • 2 Jan 2008, 11:16
Nice shot Louis! Wow, they have amazing eye colour.
Louis: Thank you michelle, yes the eyes are special.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Jan 2008, 12:15
I agree with the comment of Ginnie! Fascinating are the fine feathers and the big eyes of the owl, and does 'she' not look like a wise woman or a philosopher who shakes his head considering the stupidity and brutality of the mankind all over the world?
Louis: Thank you Philine. It is interesting that the owl inherited the 'wiseness' tag. It must be the large eyes and the moustache around the beak that gives it an professorial look. In real life I don't think they are all that clever - there are smarter birds around.
  • monika
  • brrrrr London
  • 3 Jan 2008, 10:14
That's the weirdest owl I have ever seen... wink Great framing.
Louis: Thanks monika - it has a lovely moustache smile
Fantastic eyes on this one,
crisp and clear shot.
Louis: Thank you Magnus, one of my favourites as well.
  • liam
  • South Africa
  • 3 Jan 2008, 16:46
this looks like a painting! beautiful eyes and a great sharp capture
Louis: Thank you liam - the white background adds to the idea (I think)
Really likey this!
Louis: Thank you Nigel
Very impressive, you're ready to publish a book smile
Louis: Thanks Imaginerf. It seems like a lot of trouble smile
  • Amethyst
  • Beautiful Tropics
  • 16 Jan 2008, 10:21
Sure does look like a painting. My My!! Those eyes!!
Louis: Thank you Amethyst
  • Aksel
  • Norway
  • 16 Jan 2008, 15:46
Great shot...this owl just make me smile..and again, those eyes...just fantastic
Louis: Thank you Aksel.

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