Eslite d'Corps - Birds of Prey and Falconry Demonstration - Masked Owl

Abbey Tournament, 2010.

This year there was a Falconry display featuring a range of Birds of Prey including Kestrels, Falcons, Eagles and Owls.

This is the Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae). An exceptional bird for hunting as it is capable of flying silently.

The rest of my photos of the Abbey Tournament are online at

View all photos taken: Sunday, 11th July 2010, This photo: 12:55pm


  • renanluna said:
    Gezz, this is amazing!
    Congrats, my friend!
  • chooks! said:
    Nice portrait Dave!
  • looby88 said:
    a beautiful looking bird, and I mean the owl !!!
  • teejaybee said:
    Wow nice plumage on that guy.
    Did you get any in-flight shots?
  • Jon McManus said:
    I keep missing the awesome stuff! How do you find out about all these great events? I need to steal your social calendar. The picture is great; the detail on the owl is absolutely amazing... my lens envy knows no bounds.
  • Cobra_11 said:
    Excellent photo! The owl looks absolutely magic with its mysterious eyes... Wonderful!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks :)
    [] Well I was going for the bird, but it made a nice composition.
    [] hehehe quite so - they're like a barn owl, just bigger and stronger.
    [] Pretty eh? Alas, because they fly silently, and he was quite keen to attack the lure, I missed the in-flight shot. :(
    [] Oh I'm sure I miss all sorts of things, but there are three main events on the winter living history calendar, Emu Gully Air & Land Spectacular (May/June), History Alive (Queen's Birthday weekend), The Abbey Medieval Festival (10/11 July or thereabouts). All three are rich in photographic opportunities but each is unique too.
    [] Thanks - everybody likes Owls :)
  • Clearskies Images said:
    Silent and deadly...Owls rock!!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Indeed Cecily :)
  • MikeSenior said:
    Geez you nailed that mate. That owl looks awesome!!!
  • Unrelated Patterns said:
    Such a majestic looking bird!
  • Jon McManus said:
    You certainly catch more than me! I'll be following your social calendar very carefully. Is there anything interesting coming up, perhaps during the Brisbane festival? I do not pay attention to anything. :)
  • SkattyKat said:
    oh wow - love it !!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] 'twas a pretty cool owl really.
    [] Indeed.
    [] Well there's Riverfire (Sept 4) - we're running a special course just for that.
    [] Thanks Kath - been pretty busy of late eh ? (aren't we all?)
  • CharleneM50(formerly photonutt50) said:
    pretty cool shot. . .very beautiful light!
  • vanecisneros1 said:
  • anoldent said:
    Outstanding portrait!
  • Africasiaeuro said:
    fantastic shot ! Shaolin Group