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Old 10th June 2009, 23:14   #1
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Default Rock Eagle Owl - truly amazing

For the past 4-5 weeks, this awesome bird is residing on my house.

Read more about it bird at - Rock Eagle-owl - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I did try to take the shots with my regular 18 - 55 mm lens, but it was too long. So, I decided to borrow my friends 70 - 300 mm lens and taken quite a few shots. However, I pushed my luck and got very near to it and got these shots.

It was resting when I started to take the snaps and it did hear the shutter sound and it slowly woke up to see that someone really got close to it and was kind of surprised. I did manage to capture this entire sequence and here it goes.

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Old 10th June 2009, 23:36   #2
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Nice ,when it is away , make some shelter there by any means , like card board ,dry hay sack or some thing .Make it feel at home . . Thanks for pics .
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That's one amazing sequence of photos. Good catch !!
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Oh my Good Lord !!!

I read the thread title as "Rock Engine Oil". I think I need some sleep.

But good photos nevertheless. Congrats
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Good find Murali. The 5th pic is hilarious!!!
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WOAH!!!! nice catch !!!! This is a RARE bird ... awesome !!
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Thats was amazing. Should have got hold on a tripod. Atleast your hand as a tripod
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Oh my Good Lord !!!

I read the thread title as "Rock Engine Oil". I think I need some sleep.

You can say that again, I too read it like that and thought it was some new "hi-tech" oil.

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Wonderful pics man.
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edday, I know your car is hungry for service again ... but control yaar.!!!

and you still havent gone offline. noooowww!
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Murali, You seem to be on a roll with the camera!
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oh boy, check out the eyes on the last pic. Great snaps. Did she fly away after that last one?
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Stunning creation of God!!! Great pics, loved the last one, spectacular eyes, try capturing more pics with better angles. Entice/bribe the bird with some raw meat, it should give you better shots if its Indian ;-p

Yes, its not a common bird, thank for sharing mate!!!

ps: Are these shots out a burst mode? If yes I was wondering why there is a light brightness defference bween them...

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The bird does have an annoyed look, after being woken up from its sleep. Good thing it didn't swoop down and attack you.
My childhood friend once tried to take a picture of a hawk, as it sat eating a lizard. The hawk was aware of the picture session, and all of a sudden it dropped the lizard and swooped down on my friend,scratching him more than 15 times on his face & neck.
It was hilarious at first, but then it got scary when my friend's face turn deep red with all the blood oozing out.
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Nice ,when it is away , make some shelter there by any means , like card board ,dry hay sack or some thing .Make it feel at home . . Thanks for pics .
It is tough to reach this place as it is right under the sloop roof and also from this point, the bird has an amazing view of 50+ acres of pure vegetation, which is where it goes for hunt. At times, we do find bones in the backyard.

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That's one amazing sequence of photos. Good catch !!
Thanks Jedi. I hope it does stay here for some more time.

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Oh my Good Lord !!!

I read the thread title as "Rock Engine Oil". I think I need some sleep.

But good photos nevertheless. Congrats
That goes to show that we think about the automobiles all the time.

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Good find Murali. The 5th pic is hilarious!!!
Yeah, thanks unni!

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WOAH!!!! nice catch !!!! This is a RARE bird ... awesome !!
Thanks aZa.

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Thats was amazing. Should have got hold on a tripod. Atleast your hand as a tripod
Thanks HotChilluPepper. I did take the long shots using a tripod. And the closer ones without the tripod. The angle was such that I had to take support from the wall and stay as still and calm as possible for these shots.

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Murali, You seem to be on a roll with the camera!
Well, you can say I am having a ball.


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oh boy, check out the eyes on the last pic. Great snaps. Did she fly away after that last one?
Yeah, the eyes are truly amazing. We did see the bird using a Nikon 10x binocular and at such close up, it really looks awesome. Yes, it did fly away when one another friend had come over to see it.

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Stunning creation of God!!! Great pics, loved the last one, spectacular eyes, try capturing more pics with better angles. Entice/bribe the bird with some raw meat, it should give you better shots if its Indian ;-p

Yes, its not a common bird, thank for sharing mate!!!

ps: Are these shots out a burst mode? If yes I was wondering why there is a light brightness defference bween them...
Thanks The Wolf. Sure, I will keep exploring all possible angles to shoot this bird. Nope, these shots are not in burst mode. I took them manually and had filtered out quite a few and posted the right ones in the forum.

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The bird does have an annoyed look, after being woken up from its sleep. Good thing it didn't swoop down and attack you.
My childhood friend once tried to take a picture of a hawk, as it sat eating a lizard. The hawk was aware of the picture session, and all of a sudden it dropped the lizard and swooped down on my friend,scratching him more than 15 times on his face & neck.
It was hilarious at first, but then it got scary when my friend's face turn deep red with all the blood oozing out.
Yeah, I am aware that hawks and kites attack people, but now sure about the the Owls. And when there is a crowd, it does fly away. At least for now.
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Loved the sequence. The one-eye-open shot is a beauty.
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