Verreaux’s Eagle Owl

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Another sighting of Verreaux’s Giant Eagle Owl (Bubo lacteus), with its pink eyelids and big brown eyes, enjoying a little morning sun. This is the largest owl found in the region and frequents woodland savanna, riverine forest and thornveld. It is a nocturnal hunter, taking mostly small mammals and various sizes of bird, but is also known to take reptiles and insects. This owl may be seen occasionally hunting in daylight hours when it is normally found roosting on an habitual perch. They breed annually as monogamous pairs producing two chicks, one of which rarely survives.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III / EF100-400mm IS MkII USM; 1/1000 sec; f/8; ISO 320; 560mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Photography Quotes
The contentious Italian photographer, Oliviero Toscani, is well known for his design of controversial advertising campaigns for Italian brand Benetton and other causes. He trained in Zurich, following in the footsteps of his father, first working for magazines like Vogue and Elle, before becoming Art Director for Benetton. He is attributed with this quote:

“Some people look at a picture for thirty seconds, some for years. It doesn’t really matter because a picture is like life. You take out of life as much as you are able to take out of life, just as you take out of a picture as much as you can take out of a picture…”