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    This owl, one of five fledglings, spent most of the day sleeping 3 feet off the ground on a difficult perch to photograph it from right by the side of a popular walking trail. The other four owlets were 40 feet up a dense Pine. After a bit, a conservation officer dispersed us further away, and roped the area off. This is a wild bird, good luck having it remain within the ropes! I just left. An hour later it started to rain, so I went back to see if the owl was wet, and this was a good move. Only one other person was there, and the owl had indeed moved outside the roped off area, but still next to the trail, and at about six feet off the ground. Perfect. It was still on the move and hopped from thin twig to twig, until it came back to the same tough spot as originally. The owl got soaked, I got soaked, but it was all well worth it! The next day it was up the pine tree with its other siblings .

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    That's downright cute Daniel.

    Glad you were able to get back and get the shot

    Oh, and from a more experienced perspective, when is it okay to have foliage cover part of the bird?
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    Worth getting wet for. Love those eyes and the matted feathers. Beautiful canvas overall. TFS

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    Thanks guys.

    Brian, I guess it's a case-by-case analysis. If I had another frame basically identical, but the leaves clear of the subject then yes I would have preferred that. If the leaf was covering an eye or even the bill for that matter, then I would be crying as I pressed delete. In this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, that leaf does not bother me at all. The whole twig running across the frame and cutting the talon bothers me more here lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Cadieux View Post
    Thanks guys.

    Brian, I guess it's a case-by-case analysis. If I had another frame basically identical, but the leaves clear of the subject then yes I would have preferred that. If the leaf was covering an eye or even the bill for that matter, then I would be crying as I pressed delete. In this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, that leaf does not bother me at all. The whole twig running across the frame and cutting the talon bothers me more here lol.
    I'd take it in a heartbeat. Makes sense though haha.

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    what a cute owl Daniel, love the eye contact and the settings wish the leaves weren't blocking the forehead but the rest is perect

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    OH la la Dan, this is great, the slightly muted colours and overall flat light just works so nicely. The stare is great and the eyes perfect, some nice depth to them. I also appreciate to see the difference is eye 'make structure', as the Little owls over here, like the Burowing owl (great BC wine ) have clam like closures, this is different.

    An hour later it started to rain, so I went back to see if the owl was wet, and this was a good move.
    Absolutely, the way to go.

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    Man this owls head looks huge. Love the wet look. The spring leaves are great as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Mack View Post
    Man this owls head looks huge.
    I'll post another soon where it looks even bigger!

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    I already commented on this image on FB and you know I love it!
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