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Barn Owl

Lois  Bryan

Joined August 2008

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Featured in Amazing Wildlife May 22, 2012.
Featured in Art Universe March 31, 2011.
Featured in Beautiful Grunge Art March 15, 2011.
Featured in Maryland August 3, 2010.
Featured in Nikon D40 (x) Users December 16, 2009.
Featured in Only Owls December 9, 2009.
Featured in ! 100% ! October 9, 2009.

This image is also available at Lois Bryan at fine art america in an exciting variety of framing and matting options.

I was lucky enough to find this beautiful Barn Owl at the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center near Olney, Maryland. Wounded and sick birds and creatures are mended and kept healthy here by the people at the Center. Once he’s healed, he’ll be set free.

Image taken with the Nikon D40x and the 18-200mm vr Nikon lens at 1/13 shutter and f/5.6 aperture. Exposure 0.00, iso 400, 200mm focal length.

Textures added in Photoshop. A bit of hand-“painting” in Corel Painter 11 and Photoshop to highlight and emphasize certain details.

Range and Habitat
Barn Owl: Occurs on every continent except Antarctica. Found in a vast range of habitats, from rural to urban, but prefers warm climates with mild winters. Nearby open grassland is essential; rarely found in deep forests or mountains.
INTERESTING FACTS
Barn Owls are encouraged to nest in certain agricultural areas because of their ability to control rodents better than traps or poisons and at no cost. Research indicates that they eat twice as much prey for their weight as other owls.
Their uncanny sense of hearing is aided by their asymmetrically placed ears. They are able to use this sense to capture prey hidden by snow or vegetation. Their ears have feathered flaps that can close to provide protection if they encounter sound that is too intense.
They typically approach their prey from a low flight path. Grasping the prey with their feet, they use their beak to bite through the back of the skull. Prey is swallowed whole. They are also known to cache food when nesting.
A group of owls has many collective nouns, including a “bazaar”, “glaring”, “parliament”, “stooping”, and “wisdom” of owls.

the above info thanks to What Bird.com

Texture courtesy of Princess of Shadows on Deviant Art

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