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Barn Owls feed mostly on small mammals, mainly rodents, and birds, but some insects, frogs and lizards are also eaten. One of the more favoured foods is the introduced House Mouse, Mus musculus. Barn Owls hunt in flight, searching for prey on the ground using their exceptional hearing. The heart-shaped structure of the facial disc is unique to these types of owls (Tyto species). The slightest sound waves are channelled toward the ears, allowing the owl to pinpoint prey even in complete darkness.
Canon 450D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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bird, nocturnal, prey, predator, barn owl, tyto alba, northern rivers, australia, sunset

Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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Comments

  • Suellen Cook
    Suellen Cookover 4 years ago

    Awesome shot, glad I’m not the target of those talons!

  • Many thanks … yep they’re a bit lethal!

    – byronbackyard

  • oldsalty
    oldsaltyover 4 years ago

    Wonderfull timing for this beautifull capture byron!

  • Thanks so much … this time of year is awesome here … when it’s not raining that is!

    – byronbackyard

  • sable
    sableover 4 years ago

    beautiful capture, I love owls and these Barn Owls are just magical.

  • Many thanks for your lovely comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot! I’ve not been lucky enough to see one in the wild!

  • They’re very beautiful aren’t they … owls are very hard to spot let alone photograph!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture!

  • Thanks Ginny!

    – byronbackyard

  • bioman
    biomanabout 4 years ago

    super capture!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on winning the Post Anything You Want Challenge in The World As We See It, or as we missed it!!! So deserving!

  • Thanks so much Ginny, that’s so awesome!

    – byronbackyard

  • Brian Pelkey
    Brian Pelkeyabout 4 years ago

    What a beautiful shot. Sooo Good.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture of this lovely bird, love the soft colours!!

  • Thanks so much!

    – byronbackyard

  • Marcus Grant IPA
    Marcus Grant IPAabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful image, great comp.

  • Many thanks, I really like this one myself actually!

    – byronbackyard

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