Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - An owl's stare

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Palm Beach, Florida
December 2007
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When I'm taking photos of animals, I'm a complete sucker when they stare right back at my lens.

As I composed this shot, I feared he would lunge right at me if I stuck around any longer. So I tucked my camera away and headed back to my waiting - and ever-patient - family.

I got to meet this amazing bird at the Palm Beach Zoo. (Other zoo scenes are here, here and here.) I think there are more trips to the zoo in my future. Who says they're just for kids?

Your turn: Your favorite zoo animal is a...? Why?

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64 comments:

b13 said...

"And whooooo might you be?"

ok, that was lame :(

Diana said...

What a great picture! Happy WW!

Gabriel said...

Beautiful picture! I can't think of my favourite zoo animal...Possibly the polar bear (we have a purple one in the zoo of Mendoza in Argentina, check it out!).

Another animal I love is the 'mara' the Patagonian version of the hare. They are very cute, and the Buenos Aires zoo is full of them.

Thanks for dropping by, have a great WW!

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marcia said...

Oh yes good owl shot I agree w/ what you said-0-I have on in Sept fromt he State Fair bird show

Love 2B Homeschoolers said...

"Don't f*ck with me"

I have an animal up this week too:
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Bunny Trails said...

Awesome shot! I can't pick just one zoo resident. I like our otters and penguins. They're cute and playful. And the big cats are graceful and amazing.

Happy WW!

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Camera Totin' Idiot said...

Fantastic photo, but also a little scary. I've never thought of owls as intimidating before.

stephanie said...

That is an amazing shot of a very intimidating creature!

I don't think zoos are just for kids, either. My hubby and I actually have a zoo membership - and no kids. :)

Shelia said...

That owl is fiercely beautiful, but very scary looking. You were smart to leave.

Your took an excellent photo.

I love the tiger. The meticulous beauty and artistry and color of that animal is just beyond compare.

Mar said...

Great shot as always, although he didn't find it amusing! haven't been to the zoo in a long while. But I pictured animals this week too.
Happy WW!

Yen said...

If LOOKS COULD KILL! LOL :) Nice photo as always!

kenju said...

My favorite animal changes often, but the tiger reigns supreme in my list! Panthers are second!

Erica (Mom's Journal) said...

Very menacing stare! Happy WW!

tundratantrum said...

Owls have such beautiful eyes. This photo really brings out their color. Great capture.

Pamela said...

Great horned. There are two that roost up the creek that I walk.

Juliana RW said...

wow...great shot

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Picturing Life said...

That is lucky shot.

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Robin said...

Just how close were you, Carmi? Me thinks you might've used your trusty telephoto on this one!

Pandas. Big cats (White Bengals if they have 'em). Monkeys. Elephants.

Everything else.

:)

Candi said...

Great shot!! I got a great shot of a tiger jumping over the another as they played while waiting for their evening meal to be delivered.

Sherrie said...

Beautiful shot but boy does he looked pissed! :-P

My favorite zoo animals are the monkeys. Love the monkeys.

rea said...

wow look at those eyes! awesome picture!

cj said...

That's a great shot. And my favorite are the wolves or the elephants.

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happyhousewife said...

Great shot, my kids are going to love it.
Happy WW

Deanna said...

That's cool! I love it!

secret agent mama said...

That's a great shot!!

Chikai said...

"Killer Look"

that's my caption. hehe! ;)

hope you can check out my WW entry HERE

Ivy Sterling said...

awwww this is a great shot...nice one. Happy WW
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Shannon said...

Great shot of an owl, his stare is incredibly intense.
Hmm my favorite zoo animal? Probably the crocodilians. They are such impressive creatures but I sure wouldn't want to get to close to one in the wild!

texas_sweetie said...

you must be a pro photographer huh? nice capture friend!

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Karen said...

Hi Carmi!

Yes, I would say you were wise to feel nervous, he's definitely giving you the evil eye. Wonderful capture, as usual!

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Holly Schwendiman said...

What a great capture! (as always) It's so fun to come and see what you've been up to.

Hugs,
Holly

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ellen b said...

Amazing shot! I'm glad you didn't leave before you got it. Owl are such great birds. I'd be real excited to see one in the wild...

Aisha said...

Cool shot! :) I really like it!

Neen said...

Excellent shot

Robyn Jones said...

This is cool! I love owls....

JMom said...

That is an awesome shot!

happy WW!

Anna said...

That is FIERCE Carmi! I am posting more bowling pics this week...check them out.

Junebug said...

Now that's a glare! And not from the lens. :D Just how close were you?

Spice said...

Wow, awesome picture! He looks like he wants to lunge! Happy WW! Mine's up at http://spiceworld.us

Heather said...

nice picture. My favorite is the ring tailed lemur. They are really interesting animals. I had an opportunity years ago to go out to lemur island at The Zoo, Gulf Breeze, Florida and feed them. One sat on my shoulder while I fed her grapes.

Heidi said...

Wonderful photo!

I love the polar bears... the way they move, swim, play... but yet they can mean business, too!

Oh... and otters... I love otters, too.

Jen said...

That is an awesome shot!! My favorite zoo animal is the little Tamarin! It's just so stinkin' cute!! Happy WW!

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

Love that shot! Great job!

Vixen said...

Carmi, that is a great shot. The owl is beautiful and his stare is so intent.

Happy WW

Utah Mommy said...

Thats'a scary lookin' owl. Great shot! Happy WW!
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Jenty said...

OMW That is an absolutely brilliant shot!

Diane Mandy said...

Go ahead. Make my day!

Lynne said...

Oh my! What a great shot! It looks like you could reach out and touch him!

beeker said...

Great photo! It appears as though the owl is daring anyone to move.

KatieFeldmom said...

That's a beautiful picture.
My favorite zoo animal are the penguins.

sister AE said...

wicked cool picture of that owl!

Chad Oneil Myers said...

I love it, Carmi!

My favorite Zoo animal to see up close is the Lion. They're just so majestic and powerful...even more so when you actually see them up close in real life and not just on TV.

Crys said...

Oh... I love this!

Rainbow dreams said...

thats a fabulous shot...
we just visited Jersey zoo and saw some amazing animals at risk of extinction...a real priviledge to be able to see them living freely - some without any enclosure because they are territorial which was fantastic. I don't have a favourite - or at least not right at this moment! I'm being very erratic at blogging at the moment too! good to visit again, x

Gypsy at heart said...

Ooooohhhhh....he looks mean / mad....well, no wonder,
I would be too
if I were cooped up in a zoo.

Great shot!

photowannabe said...

Whoa...this one gives me the willies. Great capture Carmi..

Not Afraid to Use It said...

OH! I have always had a soft spot for owls. What a gorgeous picture!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind words. I hope you find yourself there for more than just WWs!

Jan Parrish said...

Great shot. Very intimidating. :) Happy WW!

YummY! said...

What a stunning capture. I love it when animals look straight at the camera too. And the wilder the animal the more amazing it is.

I love the tigers in the zoos. I've always been amazed by how pretty they are. Even the one I got a picture of answering the "call of nature" once.

Natalie said...

That stare is intimidating! He could be a major league pitcher!

Melanie said...

What an amazing shot! Wow!!

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Moon Rani said...

I like your photos! Thanks for visiting TeaReads.

Moon Rani said...

What a great owl shot! Thanks for visiting TeaReads!