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Barn Owl different angles ref by Ciameth Barn Owl different angles ref by Ciameth
Barn Owl (Tyto alba pratincola) head at different angles. Males of this subspecies typically have the lighter or pure white faces while females tend to have slightly darker coloration, especially around the eyes, but there is large overlap between the sexes; the model for this ref falls in the "between" coloration. The lower row of babies and the juvenile barn owl 4 across on the top row were all brought into the rehabilitation center for various reasons and successfully released. The remainder of the pictures are of the same female, a bird that was kept illegally as a pet, imprinted, and fed an improper diet. She suffered from metabolic bone disease and had multiple fractures in her wings by the time she was finally confiscated and turned over to the rehab center. Since she could not be released, she became an educational presentation bird.

Feel free to download for personal use. Not for photo-manipulation.

Great-horned Owl head ref: [link]
Red-tailed Hawk head ref: [link]
Turkey Vulture head ref: [link]
Golden Eagle: [link]
American Kestrel: [link]
Burrowing Owl: [link]
Icterid (Brewer's Blackbird): [link]
Raptor foot ref: [link]


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:iconalbastrix:
AlbaStrix Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful, thank you! I'll be sure to use this!
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GinnyW3 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
These are the most lovely pics ever. <3 I love Barn Owls (well, I love owls in general, but particularily "tyto" owls), and I will definitely use these as refs. Thank you, Cia! :D
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IXAmXDeathXBee Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
These photographs are gorgeous :icondesueyeplz:W:icondesueye2plz: Thank you so much for posting these <3
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ENDZYM3 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
> Not for photo-manipulation

As in nothing digital whatsoever?
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:iconciameth:
Ciameth Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes.
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ENDZYM3 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, just making sure. I'm not the most savvy with these terms.
Almost thought it meant something along the lines of photo-editing and touchups.
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iloveparrot Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Photographer
awwwww sooooo cuteeee.
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Light123456 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
must've toookena LOT of patients tocapture all those pics!
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dove789789 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
you have captured some very awesome pictures
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Neocridders Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for making this. I really love this. I know I'll use this!

:D Fantastic!!
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Rat-Pack23 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, very useful and thank you for sharing
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Rat-Pack23 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, very useful and thank you for sharing
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Bluefire-Amaterasu Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for taking all the pictures and posting them here.
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Griffkat Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
This is going to be so useful! thanks
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88-Law Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice stock :)
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Constance-fire Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
... i love you
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful resource, thank you!
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RaraAvisInTerra Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, wow. Thank you so much for taking that picture! This will be infinitely useful! These are my favorite type of owl.
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NightpeltAtDawn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Student General Artist
i like this type of owls
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silverwolf81 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the photos of the babies! I find their mostly hairless little faces adorable <3 but then again I love baby crows before they get feathers too.
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starsunflowerstudio Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Wow so beautiful!
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The-Bleached-Dalsuta Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
The babies kinda scare me 0.0'
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freezeframe666 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
SMASHING GOOD WORK HERE! Gives you a real nice idea of the transition of these great birds!
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springheel Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
I fully agree with Mirroreyesserval! WOW! Er.. do you have refs for peregrine falcons?
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:iconciameth:
Ciameth Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No peregrines, but I will eventually be doing one for a smaller falcon, the American Kestrel.
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springheel Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Ok. Thank you. Those refs are really magnificent!
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mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010   Digital Artist
These sheets are an incredible refference! I can't thank you enough for posting them. :)
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Da-Lizzard Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Bah I wish someone would do something like this on a Resplendent Quetzal. I can't find any head angles but side on google, and I can't find good hatchling or fledgling pics at all. Its why I haven't done my challenges yet ^^'. But such beautiful pictures of such a beautiful creature! ^^
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blazegryph Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are some really superb references, thank you so much for putting these together! I've been looking for some solid Barn Owl resources lately, so I think it's kind of coincidental (but in the most awesome way!) that you've posted this. Thank you!
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Arukardis Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such gorgeous creatures. I've always loved owls :)
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I just wanted to say that the three sheets you've done are AMAZING and are an incredible resource. Thank you so much for sharing these!
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob :) I made the first one for myself, and then realized a bunch of other people found it useful. Plus I've been having a lot of fun preparing the raptor foot ref.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooh raptor feet! :D They can be tough.
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Ombry Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
This will be very useful. :D

She is a fair bit darker and spottier than the local barn owls here (subsp. delicatula), not that I get to see them that often.
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comixqueen Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This. This is the most useful thing since the invention of the pencil!! :excited:
^^; Ok, maybe I'm exaggerating, but this is still an invaluable reference! :)

She's a gorgeous owl! Her story is so sad, poor girl!
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Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010   General Artist
Oooooooooooooooooooh. Oooooh, this is awesome. Oh thank you for posting this, lord knows, barn owls are a challenge sometimes, and this will be a great help!
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Their heads/necks are difficult for me to draw because the feathers don't really lay flat on that part of the body the way most other bird's do; a hawk is so much easier because you can envision the how the body beneath the feathers looks. Barn owls have a scrawny little neck and vulture-like head underneath what is essentially a floofy tube-sock of feathers (or at least that is how I always end up thinking about it) and an exaggerated disk of really lacy feathers. On the baby five over with the facial disk just coming in, you can see what direction all the feathers will eventually point. I love your barn owl Windsonde character, btw! :D Hope to see more of her!
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Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010   General Artist
Oh man, isn't that the truth (That's a great way of thinking about it I think!) XD I remember when I was much younger, going to a talk on raptors and being shocked all to pieces when the handler said that the large, wise-looking head on owls was a bit of a misnomer, and then proceded to demonstrate that it was mostly feather-floof by gently sticking her finger into it, to show how deep the feathers were.

I love all of the little baby pictures too by the way... they're so adorably awkward looking when they're little XD

And gosh, thank you! <:} Hopefully we'll see more of Kiya too? (She's so darn pretty!)
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Tsubane Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Gorgeous! :)

Thanks for sharing this with us.
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Supaslim Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
lovely! The baby photos are particularly interesting; You never realize ow long their heads really are when they're covered in fluff!
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ProjectENDO Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Student Filmographer
That looks like the owl from The Fourth Kind
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