Masked Owl

Tyto novaehollandiae.

One of the Birds of Prey with Eslite d'Corps at the Abbey Medieval Tournament.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 10th July 2011, This photo: 8:42am

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  • sjmc1 said:
    Majestic david,love the light created.
  • alborath said:
    i didnt see you there!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] 'twas pretty early, nice morning sun :)
    [] I was there all weekend :) Didn't see you either, but then there was well over 20,000 people there over the two days.
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Now thats a pretty birdie David :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    [] And completely silent too - quite amazing to see them fly ('cause you definitely can't hear them!).
  • allan_niels3n said:
    Very nice David. Great details in the eye.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Quite likely not as good as yours though.
    very beautiful bird. hey, what size was your huge lens? that was impresive. i could spot you a mile away
  • David de Groot said:
    I have a relatively small 400mm lens. You probably spotted Allan with his 600mm f/4.
  • Thea M said:
    Gorgeous light on this beautiful bird
  • David de Groot said:
    [] 'twas indeed a beautiful bird Thea. Not often you get to see an owl during the day.
  • looby88 said:
    its very like the UK barn owl, in fact its so like it I'm guessing its the Aussie version, a lovely looking bird, they do fly in daylight in the UK, especially when they have young to feed. They get killed by cars as they have a habit of hunting along roadside verges.
    A lot of our owls havent survived the last two winters sadly
  • David de Groot said:
    [] A bit. We have our own Barn Owl too, but this guy is a bit larger than the Pacific Barn Owl (33-50cm compared to 30-40cm). Both beautiful birds, though.
  • Ross_M said:
    Lovely photo. Awesome opportunity to get up close