It's Been a Hard Night's Day.....and Now He's Sleeping Like a Log

I found this Eagle Owl yesterday, resting like an eccentric professor in his very messy, craggy lair. In fact, he’s chosen the perfect spot for hunting, overlooking a broad, rush-filled plain, no doubt crawling with goodies. I’ll return in a few weeks to see if he’s attracted a mate, but I’m not holding my breath on that score.

Type of Critique Requested

  • Aesthetic: Feedback on the overall visual appeal of the image, including its color, lighting, cropping, and composition.
  • Conceptual: Feedback on the message and story conveyed by the image.
  • Emotional: Feedback on the emotional impact and artistic value of the image.
  • Technical: Feedback on the technical aspects of the image, such as exposure, color, focus and reproduction of colors and details, post-processing, and print quality.

Specific Feedback and Self-Critique

In the first shot I wanted to show him in his home; in the second to portray a sense of peaceful rest after a night on the prowl.

Technical Details

D500 + 150-600mm (@600mm) i) 1/500 f13 ISO 800 ii) 1/640 f11 ISO 1000

Large cropping, tonal adjustments in PS, and some sanitizing in the second shot.

A sense of peaceful rest most definitely. Nicely caught, Mike.

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Wow…how did you ever find him against the stone? I wonder if the first shop needs a bit of rotation clockwise…looks like he is about to fall backward.

Thanks @Robena.Sirett. The white streaks on the rock were a giveaway! Eurasian Eagle Owls don’t seem to care about this, which I think in evolutionary terms is unwise, but they’re still with us, fortunately. In the first shot he really was yawning like that; I too thought he was going to tip over.