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The Guardian
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This Burrowing Owl is standing guard at the entrance to its burrow. I'm using a very long lens for this image because I really don't like disturbing the wildlife I photograph. I am shooting with a 1000mm lens mounted on to a window-mounted tri-pod. You can tell the bird is aware of me but not agitated as it is standing only on one leg. If the bird had changed posture I would have left. I'm sure there are either young or eggs in its' nest.


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08/07/04 6:33 AM GMT
First time that i see this animal on the ground and not on the tree,The light and the colour it's really professional 09/10
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08/07/04 6:37 AM GMT
Beautiful image and nice and clear shot.Agree with Pier.
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Carpe diem.
08/07/04 6:39 AM GMT
I love the contrasting colours, so rich - a beautiful photo.
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The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. (Emile Zola)
08/07/04 6:45 AM GMT
A gorgeous image and beautiful bird. I wouldn't want to get too close to the burrow, though, as they like to line the opening with coyote dung - at least they do here in the Southwest. Presumably this keeps the predators away by masking the bird's scent. It would certainly keep me away! Glad you managed to get such a great shot!
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I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work. -- Thomas Edison
08/07/04 11:58 AM GMT
Wonderful image, a nice composition and clear shot....
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But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling, like dew, upon a thought produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions think and smile.
08/07/04 3:00 PM GMT
Excellent! He definately has a fix on you with his large binoculars Mike. Are these owls endangered? The owl seems to be giving its leg a rest. Thank you for a rare sight:-)
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08/07/04 3:49 PM GMT
I love everything about this shot. Great timing on your part for a perfect pic.
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Cheers. It's kileychristine!
08/07/04 5:42 PM GMT
I really like this picture. I love the little yellow flowers too. And kudos to you for not messing with the wildlife!
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Let's go drive 'till morning comes, Watch the sunrise, To fill our souls up... DMB
08/08/04 3:38 AM GMT
Love the sepia and green. Agree with Darryl and am enjoying this rare sight. Thank you.
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B.J. ;)
08/10/04 2:31 PM GMT
just love your shots! a 1000mm lens! impressive. i think that you do the most wonderful shots of animals, the best that i've seen. your patience is extra ordinary! 10/10 definately!
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jem184 "follow the yellow brick road!"
09/07/04 2:52 PM GMT
Ooops! I didn't see this beautiful owl. Seems to be very serious ;-)
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"Violence is the last resort of the incompetent" (I. Asimov)
06/05/05 7:18 AM GMT
Great color! Capturing natures' color scheme is very inspirational!
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09/15/06 2:58 PM GMT
Fabulous, you got the owl on the ground, which is a first for me and the colours are gorgeous.
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There are three colours, Ten digits and seven notes, its what we do with them thatís important. Ruth Ross
12/01/12 4:25 AM GMT
HOLY COW!!! This is beautiful!
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