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This Owlet put on a small show simply by stretching its wings in every which way. He would stretch his wings out so much that I had to zoom out just to get him. I missed some great shots by being zoomed in too much!

I was happy that some of the photos came out decently sharp since my shutter speed was already slow at 1600 ISO. Nothing you can do about an Owl wanting to be in poorly lit woods!

Submitting this to the #ArtisticAnimals's Active Animals contest!

Barred Owl
Chenango Valley State Park
Chenango Forks, New York
Canon 7D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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Lunnika-Horo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah) Its great!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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:iconravenofthenight:
ravenofthenight Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
great capture!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Such a cool shot! I love it when birds stretch like that :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :D
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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:iconpanna-cotta:
panna-cotta Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm amazed, it's wonderful!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconmrodriqez:
Mrodriqez Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
superb
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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A1r2i3e4l5 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Oh wow, it looks like it's just about to take off and fly away!!!! This is an outstanding photo!!! Excellent job!!!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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BlueSolitaire Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Exercising his wings, maybe. :D Also they do this when they feel threatened...making themselves look larger than they are. A bluff tactic. But not always. We see other owls do this. Wonder if he's flown yet. ^^

Sadly, the last time I saw a barred owl was a dead one. :( No explanation. Haven't seen/heard one since...when I was in Junior High. We hear a rare hoot from a great horned, but never see them. Shucks. I wanna get a pic of one. They're so cool. :D
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
He was certainly stretching. It was one of many poses! There were two Owlets and they have already fledged by the time anyone found them. They didn't seem to mind people so much - not even the parent Owls. They just stayed out of reach and allowed us to take photos from below. They would even often come down to eye level!
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glassreflections Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful shot!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Look at that sleepy face :heart:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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Honeying Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i alomost thought the owl was wearing a hat...
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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Dog-Paw Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Amazing!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconazzacanth:
azzacanth Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist
cute cute :heart:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :aww:
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:iconazzacanth:
azzacanth Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist
*so cute. ahhh my brain! hehe
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Don-Mirakl Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Nice!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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MissTuliharja Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol! Cute and funny. =)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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MissTuliharja Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. ^^
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artlinerscum Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
hehe. I consider that owl very lucky. comes with build ind umbrella... ;)
wonderful shot.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahaha. This actually looks pretty similar to their defensive pose too :)
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artlinerscum Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
:) defensive pose.? hehe. Then I bet if it was a japanese owl it would go.
Kencutthrourama and still flap a tomato...
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Greg-M Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lo0kit My c0ol HaT!!!!!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lol :lol:
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EvidentlyChickentown Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
excellent pose!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! Was happy to get it since the lighting was terrible!
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EvidentlyChickentown Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Turned out well!
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DoveThunder Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Fantastic shot, he's adorable! I love owls, especially young ones showing off. This reminds me of the time a robin chick that got into my house. Its nest was built on our porch light, right by the door, so when the babies started learning to fly they were all over our front yard. My mom opened the front door one day and a tiny baby bird flew in, pooped on the bookcase, and got very lost on our floor. Its parents were going crazy outside, but it didn't take long for us to shoo the little bird back outside and calm the parents down. :) Baby birds think they know everything. xD Anyway, that's all to say this is a lovely picture. Well done, as always.
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL! Great story. I've only had a Starling get into my house (adult) through my fireplace. We had to chase him to one room and just open the windows until he flew out. My cats went NUTS. I do agree that babies are great. They are so curious themselves and often let you get close or even fly right to you. I've had many "WTF" moments with fledged birds where they perch right next to me and just look at me like I don't belong. :D
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DoveThunder Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
XD Birds are so funny! Did he get ashes all over himself?
I wish I could have all the experiences you do with birds. It sounds so amazing. I've adopted a few birds when I found them out of the nest, but never studied them long-term. Once when I was little, though, I had a whole nest of them that I carried around in the skirt of my dress for a few days because their tree got cut down. I fed them egg-yolk food and they were absolutely adorable, but eventually we had to take them to an animal rescue so they could grow up as normally as possible. :)
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, he did get dirty. I was watching the birds in my yard after he got back out and one was continually preening. Probably the one with ash everywhere!
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HecklingHyena Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photo, I have always wanted to see an owl in the wilderness. Especially a Barred. They are my favorite!!!!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! It helps to get tips from others - someone from my local birding community found this family and let everyone else know about them :D
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HecklingHyena Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I've asked a couple people, especially at Beaver Lake Nature Center which is 20 minutes from my house but no one has really seen much this year. My friend keeps seeing some Barn Owls on her morning walk but I can't pinpoint the location or when I go they aren't there. Great shot! AND I love your signature on the photo. Just noticed that :)
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :) Now that we know these Owls breed in this park, people will be on the look out bext year too. These Owls stick around in their territory.
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Canon EOS 7D
Shutter Speed
1/41 second
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F/6.3
Focal Length
250 mm
ISO Speed
1600
Date Taken
Jul 8, 2012, 7:55:16 AM
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