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Got mouse?

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Challenge: Free Study 2012-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4.0D IF-ED
Location: St Isidore, ONT
Date: Jan 26, 2012
Aperture: dunno
ISO: dunno
Shutter: dunno
Date Uploaded: Jan 30, 2012

Seriously, in previous shots I did see a funny slightly greyish thing hanging down from the tuft of feather below where the beak is located. Didn't take long to realize it was the last of a mouse going into a snowy owl tummy!

I made a point of including the phone pole so nobody could say it was a tame pet owl. It isn't. It's a female or a juvenile, not sure. Only the males go all white, which I didn't know before.

Camera on tripod, TC used, also mirror lockup and remote shutter.

RAW file, crop, brightness/contrast, dodge mouth, clone out small bits of dirt, denoise, resize, sharpen, save for web

Place: 97 out of 287
Avg (all users): 6.0205
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 5.9429
Avg (non-participants): 6.2195
Views since voting: 588
Views during voting: 250
Votes: 146
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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02/08/2012 01:49:32 AM
I know you can't DO anything about the POV if he's on a 10" pole :) It's just an observation and I have the same dilemma as you did when submitting. Show the pole or don't show it and take a beating from the "It's a bird park shot" if showing a portrait only. 7 from me :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/06/2012 06:37:13 PM
Looks like it's laughing at you! Great title!
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02/03/2012 04:40:35 PM
excellent capture!
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02/03/2012 10:48:33 AM
I've seen a lot of snowy owl photos this winter with their coming so far south. This is one of the better ones. I like that he's got his mouth open.
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02/02/2012 08:17:02 PM
I've never seen such a nearsighted owl! And with a weird hairdo!
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02/02/2012 03:54:54 AM
Lots! Send him over :) Lovely shot, well timed. Good definition and sharpness. Pity about the low POV.
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02/01/2012 04:14:44 PM
Holy smokes. Awesome capture, even though the sky looks a bit artificial. Great title.
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