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2nd Place in the Owls in Autumn Challenge in the Only Owls Group

Featured in “Canadiana” November 2009
Featured in “Rural Around The Globe” January 2010
Featured in “# 1 ARTISTS OF REDBUBBLE” January 2010

Asio Flammeus is the Latin name for a Short-eared Owl, a species of typical owl. The owls that belong to the genus “Asio” are known as eared owls as they have tufts of feathers that resemble mammals ears. The “ear” tufts may not always be visible but the Short-eared owl will display them when in a defensive pose. The word flammeus is Latin for “flaming, or the color of fire”. Short-eared Owls are found in open country, marshlands and grasslands and this little beauty was photographed on the Nanaimo River Estuary, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

Canon 20D
1/800sec f8 ISO 200
500mm lens + 1.4x converter

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  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerabout 5 years ago

    Wow Martin, what a beautiful image!! Looks like a female with those gorgeous eyes!! Instant fave!!

  • Hi Gail, thank you very much for your kind comments. I’m sure with eyes like that is has to be a female!!

    – Martin Smart

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 5 years ago

    Great shot Martin!!

  • Thank you very much Marvin!

    – Martin Smart

  • Jay Ryser
    Jay Ryserabout 5 years ago

    Those eyes are hypnotic – great shot and narrative

  • Thank you very much Jay!

    – Martin Smart

  • redladyart
    redladyartabout 5 years ago

    Perfect capture, such an amazing bird! :)

  • Thanks so much Sharon, glad you like it!

    – Martin Smart

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnabout 5 years ago

    Excellent shot Martin!

  • Many thanks Torfinn!

    – Martin Smart

  • J.K. York
    J.K. Yorkabout 5 years ago

    super sharp capture. love that you got him on the old worn post. excellent separation from BG. well done.

  • Many thanks for your comments James, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Gary Lengyel
    Gary Lengyelabout 5 years ago

    Excellent image!

  • Thank you very much Gary!

    – Martin Smart

  • PPPhotoArt
    PPPhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    wow just stunning!!!!

  • Thank you so much Patricia!

    – Martin Smart

  • Jon Lees
    Jon Leesabout 5 years ago

    beautiful! good job.

  • Thank you very much Jon!

    – Martin Smart

  • Karen Kaleta
    Karen Kaletaabout 5 years ago

    Another beautiful capture Martin. I love owls – all of them

  • Thanks so much Karen, glad you like this one!

    – Martin Smart

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