wilbur by pasttheirprime

wilbur

Slight change to our posting sequence. Friday night is usually t'other Paul but you've got Shady and Paul will be posting on Monday. So apologies for that.

Slight change in my usual landscapes and other static objects. This is Wilbur an Ural Owl and he can be found at the North Somerset Bird of Prey centre at Congresbury. In fact we have just returned from the visit which means no heavy post processing, etc. Wilbur was part of a "two hour Owl Hugging" experience that I bought as a Christmas present for my wife. Well not exactly hugging but you do get up close and personal to these owls. All in all a good day out, cold but the rain, hail, sleet held off for the event.

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What a lovely gift idea!! Wonderful shot.
March 4th, 2016  
superb shot
March 4th, 2016  
what a beautiful face
March 4th, 2016  
Wow he is a cutie.. he looks like he has 'braids' in his hair..
March 4th, 2016  
Gorgeous!
March 4th, 2016  
Fab details, great image
March 4th, 2016  
I love Wilbur's face :) Fav
March 4th, 2016  
Excellent shot and detail... I love owls, so you've got me there :)
March 4th, 2016  
Fabulous close up, details
March 4th, 2016  
Lee
Real close, good shot and detail.
March 4th, 2016  
nice
March 4th, 2016  
Striking! Love it.
March 4th, 2016  
he's so perfect he looks stuffed
March 4th, 2016  
Love this shot big fav from me :)
March 4th, 2016  
Great shot -------- FAV
March 4th, 2016  
stunning detail! he looks sleepy! LOL! what a a sweet and unique gift!
March 4th, 2016  
Wow, so much soul.
March 4th, 2016  
Remarkable shot and portrait of a majestic creature.
March 4th, 2016  
Wilbur is magnificent!
March 4th, 2016  
Wow! Love the red trim around his eyes. Gorgeous owl! Fav!
March 5th, 2016  
Oh my I love the crop, what a beautiful face!
March 5th, 2016  
Beautiful capture - fav
March 5th, 2016  
instant fav...love this one
March 5th, 2016  
Oh, wow... amazing portrait. What a fabulous shot.
March 5th, 2016  
Fabulous capture! Fav!
March 5th, 2016  
This is beautiful!
March 5th, 2016  
Wow. The detail. And he does look so wise.
March 5th, 2016  
Fabulous!
March 5th, 2016  
Totally fantastic shot, Paul. Fav
March 5th, 2016  
Fantastic shot, great detail
March 5th, 2016  
wonderful shot
March 5th, 2016  
Stunning shot Fav
March 5th, 2016  
Wonderful closeup and detail. FAV
March 5th, 2016  
Always get confused thanking people so if I miss you individually sorry but I do appreciate the time and effort to visit and leave a comment
@allycoxon : thank you she was well pleased
@graemestevens @leonbuys83 @seattlite @gamelee @sm61ffy : many thanks
@pixiemac @juzmaioro @gilbertwood @kerosene @dyanstevens :
@radiogirl : I chose Wilbur as I hadn't seen an Ural before and love his marking. The dark eyes indicate a nocturnal hunter
@lisainstpete : not stuffed but captive bred and well use to humans @bethshepherd apparently urban myth as we were informed sadly that owls are rather stupid as most of their brain is taking up with processing sound and vision.
@ilovelenses @kwind @sketch2 : most grateful for kind comments.
@skstein @thistle @365projectorgsebgritt @gaylewood @jo38 @joysfocus @gracefullyetched @gilbertwood : as you know I'm a sucker for FAVs so really appreciate yours
March 5th, 2016  
Beautiful close-up capture, almost a real hoot. FAV
March 5th, 2016  
Beuatiful close up! Like the square crop!
March 5th, 2016  
He is absolutely gorgeous - those eyes could bewitch you! Amazing detail on his feathers. It sounds like a wonderful experience.
March 5th, 2016  
Wow that's in incredible, what at handsome, gorgeous boy. Instant fav! Love those big dark soulful eyes. The texture of his feathers and vibrant yellow beak, can't say enough, spectacular capture.
March 5th, 2016  
Wonderful capture!
March 5th, 2016  
love,,fav
March 5th, 2016  
@photographycrazy @moviegal1 : thank you both
March 6th, 2016  
wow, stunning capture! The detail in his feathers is exquisite!
March 6th, 2016  
Wow! Amazing!
March 6th, 2016  
Wow, fantastic capture!
March 6th, 2016  
Great closeup.
March 6th, 2016  
Fabulous
March 6th, 2016  
Incredible xx
March 6th, 2016  
This is just spectacular. I would fav this 100 times if I could.
March 7th, 2016  
@leggzy @dianen @ukandie1 @johnfalconer @joansmor @psychographer @dishaparekh176 :sorry a bit late with the thank you for kind comments but trying to remember how to ski in the alps
March 9th, 2016  
cracker
March 11th, 2016  
missed this - what a wonderful capture - the detail the focus - the posture - wonderful
March 11th, 2016  
Congratulations on your gorgeous photo making it to the Top Twenty! Well deserved!
March 12th, 2016  
Great shot. Congratulations again.
March 12th, 2016  
@sm61ffy @annied @skipt07 @johnfalconer : totally overwhelmed by your comments
March 12th, 2016  
wow awesome capture
May 14th, 2016  
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