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Great Horned Owl Named Chomper



Chomper is a Great Horned Owl. He is a human imprinted bird who was taken from the wild as a baby by a family who attempted to raise and keep him as a pet. He ...
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Chomper is a Great Horned Owl. He is a human imprinted bird who was taken from the wild as a baby by a family who attempted to raise and keep him as a pet. He was fed inappropriate food and grew ill as a fledgling. His favourite snacks are a wide range of prey items ranging from mice to rabbits, squirrels, and other mammals, as well as birds and sometimes even other raptors. With almost no sense of smell, Great Horned Owls often prey on skunks! Owls are powerful birds and fiercely protective parents. They have even been known to attack humans who wander too close to their young.
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trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman February 26, 2017
This is truly spectacular.....Wonderful story and information
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz February 26, 2017
Now this raptor is awesome. So regal.
AnneDphotography
 
AnneDphotography February 26, 2017
amazing shot . so well detailed :)
mihrt
 
mihrt February 26, 2017
Fabulous capture and edit Cher. I can't get over the detail you can obtain with your camera. The story behind Chomper is so interesting. It shows so much that these creatures are not meant to live with humans, at least ones who don't know how to take care of them and feed them as they should be fed. I am so glad he was rescued. Thank you also for the History behind the Great Horned Owl, always new things to learn!
rkrings2
 
rkrings2 February 26, 2017
What a beautiful owl Cher! Awesome capture!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq February 26, 2017
What a beautiful shot, Cher! Wonderful details and range of colors! :)
Zilyram
 
Zilyram February 27, 2017
Agree with all comments and more ****** stunning, amazing bird and you have shown it perfectly :)
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 February 27, 2017
superb !!!!!
chuckrickman Premium
 
chuckrickman February 27, 2017
Chomper has a very determined look. Incredible capture Cher.
JulesB
 
JulesB February 28, 2017
You captured everything right in this amazing shot...another one for 'NatGeo' ...well done again.(*_*)
smilersam
 
smilersam March 01, 2017
Outstanding capture!!!
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erickgarza March 04, 2017
So beautiful shot!!
adriansart
 
adriansart March 06, 2017
I have to agree with everyone else Cher not just this image but the story behind it!
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deannefortnam March 09, 2017
I was wondering how you got so close to this bird. They normally don't let anyone anywhere near. Gorgeous shot
KMallus
 
KMallus March 10, 2017
Beautiful detail and colors in Chomper!
Flosno
 
Flosno March 11, 2017
This looks to be "the wise old owl"....beautiful portrait of "Chomper"
mcampi PRO+
 
mcampi April 06, 2017
Looks like he is scolding you.. Beautiful bird beautiful capture.
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 April 07, 2017
What a glorious creature!!
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis April 15, 2017
A stunning Owl. Very Regal:-)
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 April 23, 2017
Beautiful shot , voted Wildlife in the Snow
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modelmeemaw May 08, 2017
What a beautiful image!
Martha
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KayBrewer May 08, 2017
Congratulations, Cher! Finalist in the Wildlife in the Snow contest! Well - deserved. Take it all the way!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 May 08, 2017
Congratulations !! Cher Finalist in Wildlife in the Snow Photo Contest , good luck !!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita May 09, 2017
congrats on your finalist award...yippee!
mihrt
 
mihrt May 09, 2017
CONGRATS ON FINALIST IN WILDLIFE IN THE SNOW !!!!!!!!!!! this fabulous composition truly deserves such an Honour !!!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq May 12, 2017
Congrats on being a finalist, Cher - this is great! :)
texaaronpueschel PRO
 
texaaronpueschel July 17, 2017
Outstanding.
mihrt
 
mihrt September 18, 2017
CONGRATS on being FEATURED in September 2017 Cher !!!
Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose November 06, 2017
Stunning capture, thanks for sharing in the challenge!
Dalecga PRO+
 
Dalecga December 17, 2017
When I was young I have seen that stare from many a teacher who always said on my report card that I should spend less time socializing and more time paying attention. Lol. Great shot and description.
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Eddieuuu071 March 23, 2018
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful Owl photo! Congratulations, I have placed your photo into my favorites file from which the winner will be chosen! Best of luck!
Julia_137
 
Julia_137 July 27, 2018
Amazing capture!
Dalecga PRO+
 
Dalecga October 07, 2019
I see this the one that got selected Cher?
patsydunn_6499
 
patsydunn_6499 December 20, 2019
Stunning shot!!!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots December 28, 2019
Amazing capture! Voted Photography Award 2019.

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photograph at the Mountsberg Raptor Centre in Mountsberg, Ontario.
Time
I captured this photograph at approximately 11:00 a.m. in natural lighting.
Lighting
No flash was required on this photograph as on this particular day it was a beautiful cool day as it had just snowed and the natural lighting was perfect!
Equipment
I used my Canon camera which was hand held. I do not believe you do not need to have an expensive camera to capture a beautiful photograph. I feel strongly that cameras do not take the photograph but photographers do.
Inspiration
I love capturing birds of prey as they are so regal and powerful. Each bird of prey, whether it be an owl, falcon or eagle creates a different and exciting challenge for a photographer in capturing the right photography at the right moment. Whether it is in the wild or in captivity it is always exciting to capture these beautiful birds.
Editing
The only minor post-processing I did on this photograph was to cropped it a bit and then sharpen the image slightly. Otherwise what you see is what came straight out of my camera.
In my camera bag
In my camera bag I carry my Canon camera, extra batteries, various filters, lens filter cleaner and extra memory cards.
Feedback
I strongly believe that every photograph tells a story, so make your photograph tell a story. Photography changes the way you see things. You notice colours, textures, people, nature … everything around you looks different when you start to see the world through a lens. Have fun and enjoy doing what you love doing, which is taking photographs. Don’t follow your dreams … chase them!

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