Nature Photography Challenge (wild creatures, plants and places only)

A regular photography contest for Nature lovers who love to learn and teach.

(Birds Category) - Order - Strigiformes - Owls

This challenge closed about 3 years ago.

The Challenge

The 11th in our new challenge layout catering for all aspects of nature for us nature lovers.

As you can see the title will start with the category which will make it easier for me when choosing what challenge to do next, I can see the challenges I have already run in this category.

For this challenge please add your images of OWLS.

Interesting Facts

> Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species.

> Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g. the Northern Hawk Owl).

> Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish.

> Though owls are typically solitary, the literary collective noun for a group of owls is a parliament.

> Most birds of prey sport eyes on the sides of their heads, but the stereoscopic nature of the owl’s forward-facing eyes permits the greater sense of depth perception necessary for low-light hunting. Although owls have binocular vision, their large eyes are fixed in their sockets — as are those of other birds — so they must turn their entire head to change views. Owls can rotate their heads and necks as much as 270 degrees in either direction.

> As owls are farsighted, they are unable to see clearly anything within a few centimeters of their eyes. Caught prey can be felt by owls with the use of filoplumes — small hair-like feathers on the beak and feet that act as “feelers”. Their far vision, particularly in low light, is exceptionally good.

> The smallest owl — weighing as little as 31 g (1.1 oz) and measuring some 13.5 cm (5.3 inches) — is the Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi). The largest is the Great Grey Owl with 72 centimeters average, the second and third largest are two of the eagle owls; the Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) and Blakiston’s Fish Owl (Bubo blakistoni) — which may reach a size of 60 – 71 cm (28.4 in) long, and have a wingspan of almost 2 m (6.6 ft).

Information courtesy of Wikipedia

Judging / Voting Criteria

Vote for your favourite!

Rewards & Prizes

1st place winners will have their photo used as the group Avatar for a period of time.
Then 1st, 2nd and 3rd will have their photo’s posted on the groups Feature Board.
1st place member will be become a featured member.

Additional Information

PLEASE ADD YOUR IMAGE TO THE GROUP, IMAGES THAT ARE NOT ADDED TO THE GROUP WILL RISK NOT BEING FEATURED IF YOU WIN

Cover Image: Lift-Off / Snowy Owl by Ted Busby

Completed

The Top Ten

The Burrowing Owl - little fellow by LudaNayvelt

The Burrowing Owl - little fellow by LudaNayvelt was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 4 votes.

  • Barred Owl In Flight II by Gary Fairhead
  • the little owl by kathy s gillentine
  • Great Grey Owl, Fluffing by A.M. Ruttle
  • Smile Please! by Martin Smart
  • Saw-whet Owl by naturalnomad
  • Cute Furry Baby Owl by DARRIN ALDRIDGE
  • OOOWL'L BE BACK by Dennis  Small
  • Outgrowing the Nest by Coniferous
  • Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) - Bolivia by Jason Weigner

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