Creatures of the Night

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© Heather Mellon
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Photo Info
UploadedJune 29, 2012
TakenJune 28, 2012
Exposure1/2 sec at f/5.6
FlashCompulsory Flash
Focal Length289 mm

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Taken in the moonlight. This young great horned owl perched itself on a bird house pole near our house, turning his head constantly and pausing occasionally to peer in at me. He was completely nonplussed by the flash on my camera.

Several years ago a much larger horned owl flew right over me, my cat and dog as we walked across the yard after nightfall. I was very startled by his presence and quickly bundled up my cat to protect him from the silent hunter in the night..

Noctiphobia - fear of the night,
Ornithophobia - fear of birds, or
Ommetaphobia - fear of eyes

13 responses

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (28 Jun 2012):

    Eyes in the night.... One never knows . A new friend

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (29 Jun 2012):

    This is a very cool capture. Great entry!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (29 Jun 2012):

    Striking Fear in the Heart of JPG's Theme Park

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (29 Jun 2012):

    fantastic shot!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (29 Jun 2012):

    wow, so many fears, this is a fabulous entry as well,

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (29 Jun 2012):

    Wow an increblible super owl portrait

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (29 Jun 2012):

    Simply stunning!

  • Shannon Burch

    Shannon Burch gave props (29 Jun 2012):

    Doesn't get better than this!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (30 Jun 2012):

    what a wonderful sight this must have been.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (30 Jun 2012):

    I love it...This truly is an amazing shot! ...The young owl cooperated wonderfully for you to not be afraid of the flash is phenomenal...

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (1 Jul 2012):

    Excellent shot!!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (4 Jul 2012):

    Wow, what a story and awesome shot of the owl. Lucky for your cat that you quickly got him up in case the owl had eyes on it for a meal.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (12 Jul 2012):

    Great story...amazing capture...they are so hard to photograph!

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