Taken at the Cheshire Show (175 years old this year), Cheshire UK, the birds were from a rescue centre in North Wales,

The Long-eared Owl – Asio otus (previously: Strix otus) is a species of owl which breeds in Europe, Asia, and North America. This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, family Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping of owls are the barn owls, family Tytonidae.

The Long-eared Owl is a medium sized owl, 31–40 cm (12–16 in) in length with an 86–100 cm (34–39 in) wingspan and a body mass of 178–435 g (6.3–15.3 oz). It has erect blackish ear-tufts, which are positioned in the center of the head. The ear-tufts are used to make the owl appear larger to other owls while perched. The female is larger in size and darker in coloration than the male. The Long-eared Owl’s brownish feathers are vertically streaked. Tarsus and toes are entirely feathered. Eye disks are also characteristic in this species. However, the eye disks of A. otus are darker in color or rusty-orange. This nocturnal species is perhaps most easily seen perched in a tree in its daytime roost, sometimes in small groups during the winter months.


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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 1 year ago

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 1 year ago

    Aw what a beauty!!! :)))))))))))))

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 1 year ago

    Great capture, Ann! It’s a beautiful owl.

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 1 year ago

    Awesome capture Ann

  • BGSPhoto
    BGSPhotoabout 1 year ago

    Ann, Excellent capture – fabulous eyes.

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52about 1 year ago

    What a gorgeous Owl!! Great capture Ann

    Cheers Jude xx

  • TheaDaams
    TheaDaamsabout 1 year ago


  • pcfyi
    pcfyiabout 1 year ago

    featured 6-23-13

  • pcfyi
    pcfyiabout 1 year ago

    Great Work!

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 1 year ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your feature inA Photographers Craft, beautiful work

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