Western Screech Owl

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We don't see many screech owls in this area, so this is a treat. This one appears to be nesting in the tree, with another (male?) staying close. I thought the colors of the sunset reflecting off the leaves in the background added to the mood in this image. Shot with a Canon 7D and 500mm f/4 lens.

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Very nice. I like the diagonal break. Can you push it a bit more? Making the tree start in left bottom corner to fill in some of that distracting white. That was the owl will be more vertical as well.
 

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Nice shot! The owl camouflage nicely with the tree.
 

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Really nice! Shows off how good that owl's camouflage is!

I was fine with the composition, and still am, but leighthal's comment does make me wonder: I think I'd be tempted to try a vertical version, to lose all that tree photo-left of the owl. It would bring the owl out a bit more, I think. Yes, you'd lose a lot of the sunset-tinted background, which IS quite lovely, but you could keep enough of it to still work just fine.
 

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I think I like it as is. Well done!
 

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Love the shot. Nice owl, and the composition is kinda fun too.

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