In A Flap 2 by byronbackyard

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The Eagle Owl is a large and powerful bird. It mainly feeds on small mammals, but can kill prey up to the size of foxes and young deer, if taken by surprise. Larger prey is consumed on the ground which leaves the bird vulnerable (for example to foxes). It is said to be routinely able to swallow a hedgehog whole.
The call of the Eagle Owl is a deep resonant “ooh-hu” with emphasis on the first syllable for the male, and a more high-pitched uh-Hu for the female (in German and Hungarian, the name of this bird is “Uhu” and the Dutch name is “Oehoe”). Each member of an Eagle Owl population can be identified by means of its vocalizations.
The size, ear tufts and orange eyes make this a distinctive species. It has a strong direct flight. The ear tufts of males are more upright than those of females.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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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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  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful, love this!!

  • Thanks Marvin, it was awesome being so close!

    – byronbackyard

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosabout 4 years ago

    Stunning capture !

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindabout 4 years ago

  • Hedoff
    Hedoffabout 4 years ago

    This is a real wow one Byron

  • Many thanks, yes it was a real wow being close to him!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersabout 4 years ago

    A wonderful bird and capture.

  • Many thanks Phillip and yes a very beautiful, and big, bird!

    – byronbackyard

  • Heidi Foreman
    Heidi Foremanabout 4 years ago

    What a SNAP! ;)

  • Yes he’s magnificent! Funny people comment more on the Macaws but I think the raptors/owls are just the best!

    – byronbackyard

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123about 4 years ago

  • Many thanks, very happy making, I love this shot myself!

    – byronbackyard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, great WORK and well earned.

  • Many thanks Andrea!

    – byronbackyard

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 4 years ago

    Hi Deb! Congrats on the feature Mate.

  • Many thanks, I like this one myself!

    – byronbackyard

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