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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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eurasian eagle owl, bubo bubo, bird of prey, predator, nocturnal

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Comments

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersover 3 years ago

    Another stunning creature… in Aus? Nice captures Deb.

  • Thanks Phillip, totally awesome bird, still in Bali!

    – byronbackyard

  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyover 3 years ago

    Beautiful up close photo, amazing creature I’ve never seen before, thanks for letting us see!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment Franklin!

    – byronbackyard

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichover 3 years ago

    Another great eagle owl shot. He/she is magnificent. What a prize!

  • Many thanks David, gorgeous bird!

    – byronbackyard

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...over 3 years ago

    Terrific portrait, Byron! Love that expression!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • Callum Brown
    Callum Brownover 3 years ago

    Nice one.. Well done

  • Many thanks Callum!

    – byronbackyard

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareeover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture.

  • Many thanks Rosemaree!

    – byronbackyard

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindover 3 years ago

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    I love it Deb.

  • Many thanks, he’s gorgeous isn’t he!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Dean Messenger
    Dean Messengerover 3 years ago

    Congratulations

  • Oh wow, thanks so much, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

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