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Fresh Meat On The Menu

Posted by
Nigel (Avening, United Kingdom) on 22 January 2013 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

A Burrowing Owl at Newent Birds Of Prey Centre eyeing up a fly.............
The Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) is a tiny but long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. Burrowing Owls can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, deserts, or any other open dry area with low vegetation.[2] They nest and roost in burrows, such as those excavated by prairie dogs (Cynomys spp.). Unlike most owls, Burrowing Owls are often active during the day, although they tend to avoid the midday heat. But like many other kinds of owls, Burrowing Owls do most of their hunting from dusk until dawn, when they can use their night vision and hearing to their advantage.

Canon EOS 7D 1/500 second F/5.6 ISO 400 300 mm

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Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Fantastic capture!

22 Jan 2013 5:41am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Brilliant capture with this snack flying in front of him, this is a five star shot Nige

22 Jan 2013 6:51am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful capture. Good day.

22 Jan 2013 7:07am

jean pierre from paris, France

magnifique oiseau!!! amitié

22 Jan 2013 7:31am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

So gorgeous, what an amazing shot.

22 Jan 2013 7:44am

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore

Beautifully photographed.

22 Jan 2013 7:45am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Very nice capture, the framing is fantastic. A beautiful bird, I love it. Great shot.
Have a good day.

22 Jan 2013 9:06am

thami from Morocco

Excellent! Avec cet insecte qui vole, c'est le combat de David contre Goliath !
Bonnejournée lumineuse et chal-heureuse!

22 Jan 2013 9:32am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Vraiment génial. ***** Bonne journée.

22 Jan 2013 10:05am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Great capture, the little fly doesn't know yet he's the main course

22 Jan 2013 10:09am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Excellent portrait ! Super focus !

22 Jan 2013 10:10am

Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran

Very Beautiful capture,Excellent photo

22 Jan 2013 10:20am

Lucie Pao (By PegM) from ~ ici ou là ~, France

Très belle prise ! J'adore l'attitude !

22 Jan 2013 10:53am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

wonderful capture - I assume the fly is not on the menu!

22 Jan 2013 11:30am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A beautiful portrait !

22 Jan 2013 11:35am

Langit from Bumi, Indonesia


22 Jan 2013 11:50am

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

Wow this is stunning 5* from me!!!

22 Jan 2013 11:55am

Devi from Chennai, India

Stunning capture of the bird and the fly...Did it ultimately gobble it up ?

22 Jan 2013 12:14pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Outstanding capture Nigel! Bravo! ;-)

22 Jan 2013 12:38pm

Francisco from Miami, United States

Great shot, beautiful bird!

22 Jan 2013 12:48pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Geniale Aufnahme.

22 Jan 2013 1:21pm

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

This is a wonderful capture! Beautiful shot, I admire the sharpness of this picture!

22 Jan 2013 1:29pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great sharp shot, is that fly taking a risk or not?

22 Jan 2013 1:50pm

Hossein Saharnaz from Ahvaz, Iran


22 Jan 2013 2:01pm

B.Sully from Surf City, United States

gorgeous capture! Just love this, great work!

22 Jan 2013 3:07pm

franz from Baden, Austria

simply brilliant !!!

22 Jan 2013 4:04pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A cute little fellow about to snap that fly out of the air.

22 Jan 2013 4:39pm

Martine from bousval, Belgium

5***** une photo incroyable! j'en suis fan+++++

22 Jan 2013 4:40pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Avec l'insecte qui vole quelle compo superbe quel oeil et netteté grandiose.

22 Jan 2013 4:59pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is a beautiful shot, too, Nigel! We used to see these every once in a while when we lived in Arizona and also if we were up early enough we cound see them around the areas east of San Diego..They are beautiful birds...Thanks very much for this great shot :-)

22 Jan 2013 5:01pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Gorgeous capture with splendid background.

22 Jan 2013 5:15pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Superbe capture full of details.

22 Jan 2013 5:26pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

5 stars from me!

22 Jan 2013 6:22pm

Elsabe from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A stunning photo of this amazing bird of prey.
Love the little insect on the right - well done !!!

22 Jan 2013 6:36pm

Tataze from Bourgogne, France

Fantastic bird

22 Jan 2013 7:00pm

Paul from summerside, Canada


22 Jan 2013 7:47pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Awesome detailed capture ~ beautiful owl!

22 Jan 2013 7:53pm

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

L'insecte n'a plus qu'à changer de direction... Sinon!

22 Jan 2013 8:02pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & so beautiful!

23 Jan 2013 12:02am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic capture with the fly! The owl is gorgeous! 5*'s!

23 Jan 2013 12:50am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Wow! Such incredible detail captured from 300mm away!! I love the eye-catching markings in its plumage.

23 Jan 2013 1:04am

Sharon Pleasants from Monroe, Louisiana, United States

Wow! Spotlight time!

23 Jan 2013 4:32am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

qu'il est trop beau

23 Jan 2013 8:23am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Wow quite an impressive capture...great details

28 Jan 2013 6:25pm

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Canon EOS 7D
1/500 second
ISO 400
300 mm