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A Northern Pygmy-Owl glares down at me from his-her perch. Kind of a challenging look, I'd say.

A Northern Pygmy-Owl glares down at me from his-her perch. Kind of a challenging look, I'd say.
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kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq January 22, 2016
Adorable!
MikeHiggins PRO
 
MikeHiggins February 05, 2016
Wonderful. I love the fact it's not in the centre. Great positioning. Well done.
cjaimaging
 
cjaimaging February 06, 2016
Awesome shot!
FlexB
 
FlexB February 08, 2016
Stunning image :)
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita February 25, 2016
love the expression. Great composition and detail. Congrats on your Finalist Award.
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 February 25, 2016
What a feisty little ball of fluff! Great capture and presentation. Congratulations on being a finalist!
karensommerslohre PRO+
 
karensommerslohre February 26, 2016
What a cute little fellow...your composition is so perfect!
kasper PRO
 
kasper February 27, 2016
I love this photo, great composition, color , everything…….
natosed PRO
 
natosed February 28, 2016
what a gorgeous shot. superb composition and colors. absolutely beautiful.
14renren PRO
 
14renren February 28, 2016
Stunning capture. oh the look.
narelledelaquinto
 
narelledelaquinto February 29, 2016
Love, love, love this photo! Magical capture.
charlymakrayrice PRO+
 
charlymakrayrice March 03, 2016
Took me a full minute to realize it wasn't a seed pod, lol! Fell on my head last week so I'm a bit slow. Spectacular image.
ScottL
 
ScottL March 05, 2016
Amazing shot ! The eyes have it :)
terrysigns13
 
terrysigns13 March 07, 2016
I found your shot as a finalist in the COVERS Contest. Congratulations!
This is SO AWESOME !!! What a treat!
DiorLPhotography
 
DiorLPhotography March 18, 2016
This is gorgeous. Love the expression.
miumiu
 
miumiu April 06, 2016
my good this is awesome
pinang89
 
pinang89 May 07, 2016
Angry bird haha great photo
tmlakshmi PRO+
 
tmlakshmi May 08, 2016
so cute
nanetteankerlarsen
 
nanetteankerlarsen May 09, 2016
I think he/she is bluffing ...hahahaha...He / she is so CUTE. Perfect shot !!!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 10, 2016
Awesome capture! Congrats.
annharris
 
annharris May 10, 2016
Stunning! :)
adovgan
 
adovgan May 11, 2016
The ultimate Angry Bird. Great!!! Thank you.
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle May 15, 2016
Love it! Congrats on your wins!
Pablo-Klik PRO+
 
Pablo-Klik May 17, 2016
MAGNIFICA COMPOSIZIONE
eumezzlima
 
eumezzlima May 17, 2016
Treecy Premium
 
Treecy June 27, 2016
Every time I look through my inspirational photos, I get to this one and I smile....he just looks so pissed off heehee! Really great job!!
Ch3Rpi
 
Ch3Rpi August 04, 2016
Fierce.
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson September 28, 2016
Fabulous. I do love capturing birds and seeing other people's work. This is outstanding.
tisharowley
 
tisharowley October 29, 2016
Love this!!
janicejh PRO+
 
janicejh October 31, 2016
Remarkable capture! I look forward to following and learning from you!
MikeHarvey
 
MikeHarvey November 05, 2016
What a face,very well done
gallmese
 
gallmese November 20, 2016
thanks for making me laugh (:
stschultze
 
stschultze November 29, 2016
just made my day :) Absolute Masterpiece!
margaretgosiakossowski
 
margaretgosiakossowski November 29, 2016
Love this shot. Well done.
ufukpekparlak
 
ufukpekparlak December 01, 2016
Nice Shot
YepThatSarah
 
YepThatSarah December 01, 2016
I just love this expression! What a great capture!
LindaBain
 
LindaBain December 02, 2016
SO ADORABLE
adavies PRO
 
adavies December 08, 2016
Love this guys expression...great capture! :)
Moises_323
 
Moises_323 December 10, 2016
This is so awesome....
maureenrueffer
 
maureenrueffer December 12, 2016
Oh so cute!
arayasunun
 
arayasunun December 13, 2016
So cute, lovely shot.
modelmeemaw Premium
 
modelmeemaw December 19, 2016
Just awesome!
aJonesy
 
aJonesy December 29, 2016
"Back off."
C_Gilmore_Photography
 
C_Gilmore_Photography January 20, 2017
"Even the owl is done with your crap."


Great photo!
lisapayakovich
 
lisapayakovich February 07, 2017
Just absolutely creative and beautiful.
Taylorldavis
 
Taylorldavis February 15, 2017
So cute
annahazlewood PRO
 
annahazlewood February 16, 2017
Fantastic photo
dougplume PRO+
 
dougplume February 22, 2017
Beautiful image
RichardAngeloni
 
RichardAngeloni February 22, 2017
Great photo! I love his expression.
BrendaCrawford
 
BrendaCrawford February 25, 2017
Incredibly beautiful in every way. God bless and best of luck.
YvonneJeaK PRO+
 
YvonneJeaK March 01, 2017
Beautiful. Voted in the Creative Compositions Photo Contest Vol3
AndrewJulianPhotography
 
AndrewJulianPhotography March 08, 2017
That look lol
DanielleLyneePhotography
 
DanielleLyneePhotography March 10, 2017
I am so in love with this image!!! Just gorgeous!!!
vitor PRO+
 
vitor March 29, 2017
Beautiful !
itssmee
 
itssmee April 20, 2017
Haha love it, this little bird so doesn't look happy....top shot :)
mamaseeta2
 
mamaseeta2 May 13, 2017
Love it!!!
DanielGarrison
 
DanielGarrison May 21, 2017
Amazing shot!!!
gilbertmleoncio
 
gilbertmleoncio June 01, 2017
Nice capture. If this little creature was a celebrity, it is almost like someone hating the paparazzi taking his/her photo :-)
Witmar
 
Witmar June 02, 2017
amazing picture
jmhogan PRO+
 
jmhogan June 02, 2017
The eyes say it all!
lsquare
 
lsquare June 02, 2017
Angry bird?
Great shoot
mimitinkel PRO
 
mimitinkel June 04, 2017
He is sooooo cute!
MKoelen
 
MKoelen June 04, 2017
Love the smooth toning and light....!
Trotts Premium
 
Trotts June 07, 2017
Fab
PhilFromNB
 
PhilFromNB June 09, 2017
Man this photo is absolutely stunning. Wow
2196_9208
 
2196_9208 June 22, 2017
That look lol
barrettbilcowski PRO
 
barrettbilcowski August 16, 2017
Wonderful capture!
Behzad-Farzam
 
Behzad-Farzam August 31, 2017
Fantastic ! ! !
annakoudella Premium
 
annakoudella September 10, 2017
How cute!!
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe September 19, 2017
What a look your getting! Great capture!
lmh1980
 
lmh1980 October 16, 2017
Absolutely stunning!! Great capture
jbedrova_photography
 
jbedrova_photography January 23, 2018
wow wow wow !!! so beautiful !!
Jjkuyadesign
 
Jjkuyadesign January 27, 2018
Smoll and grumpy
holmfridurrosrunarsdottir PRO
 
holmfridurrosrunarsdottir March 02, 2018
Wonderful
K2nature
 
K2nature March 19, 2018
I love owls. Great shot!
fezz1982
 
fezz1982 March 31, 2018
He’s giving you the evil eyes lol! What an absolutely amazing photo. Well done keep up the good work
StanLyPhotography
 
StanLyPhotography April 02, 2018
Is this even real? it looks more like a painting.
Sspeicher
 
Sspeicher May 09, 2018
Gorgeous
_sarahs__photography
 
_sarahs__photography June 10, 2018
Superb
Rckey
 
Rckey June 22, 2018
Awesome! It's funny and angry :D owl
Sher_Wood
 
Sher_Wood June 28, 2018
Love this shot and what attitude that bird has!
Legenderriere
 
Legenderriere July 06, 2018
Sassy stare down
JohnZinkPhotography PRO+
 
JohnZinkPhotography July 25, 2018
Amazing Shot!
bobtoye PRO+
 
bobtoye September 23, 2018
Quite a photograph. Talk about Angry Birds!
KGRepp
 
KGRepp October 06, 2018
Great Shot
kiekiedup
 
kiekiedup October 09, 2018
amazing picture!!!!!!!
kellyyasmine
 
kellyyasmine Jan 19
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Nbuhler2
 
Nbuhler2 Feb 15
Cutest angry bird!
karensommerslohre PRO+
 
Great capture---Genius!
DJane PRO+
 
DJane Apr 27
I can get lòst just looking through the pictures. When I saw your pygmy owl , I loved it completely. I definitely had to let you know.
lthrprncss
 
lthrprncss Jul 28
Cutest thing I've seen in forever!!!
dewood62
 
dewood62 Aug 02
What can I say, absolutely adorable!
karensommerslohre PRO+
 
great capture!

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this image in Chilliwack, BC, Canada. I had heard there were Northern Pygmy-owls who frequented this location, so I decided to check it out.
Time
I captured this image at 12pm on January 25, 2015. As this owl flew around from branch to branch, I kept my lens on him and got other shots.
Lighting
I just used the natural light from the afternoon sun for this shot. It was overcast and cloudy that day.
Equipment
This was shot on my Canon 7D Mk I, with my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens. I also used a tripod.
Inspiration
I wanted to find these tiny owls for sometime. When this little one flew in, I knew I had only a short time to capture this cutie, before he flew away or I completely lost the light.
Editing
I shoot in RAW and then post process in Lightroom. For this image, I had to crop a fair amount, because I didn't have a long enough lens. I also corrected the white balance and added some sharpening.
In my camera bag
I usually stuff my camera bag to overflowing and kill my back. These days, I pack my Canon 7D Mk II body, Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II telephoto lens, Canon EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM wide lens, and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. Sometimes I also carry a second camera body and another lens or two. I also pack my tripod. I like to be prepared for any situation or photo opportunity.
Feedback
First, find out where this owl has been sighted. For the Northern Pygmy-owl, they only come down to lower levels when it gets cold. When it starts warming up, they move back to the mountains. Once you know where and when to find them, pack a long lens. These owls are tiny and can easily be missed. Next, be patient. Bring food, drinks, something to sit on and be prepared to wait hours. Sometimes I've sat there for most of the day and when one owl finally makes an appearance, it's too dark to get a good shot. Wildlife are unpredictable, so be prepared for anything.

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