You Can't Be Serious! 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

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

  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbieabout 4 years ago

    Who, who goes there – you’ve got to be kidding me right? Lovely photo.

  • Lol, many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • bowenite
    boweniteabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot nice & sharp and a great subject to boot. Cheers Gordon.

  • Many thanks Gordon, wonderful subject!

    – byronbackyard

  • mspfoto
    mspfotoabout 4 years ago

    Just who is scaring who, terrific detailed capture.

  • Lol, indeed … many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Callum Brown
    Callum Brownabout 4 years ago

    Nice work… Well done

  • Many thanks Callum!

    – byronbackyard

  • Denzil
    Denzilabout 4 years ago

    Magnificent!! Love those eyes:) Was this taken in the wild?

  • Yes they’re amazing. Taken in a big bird park where many of the birds are roaming around and they’re very well cared for. They have a breeding program which is preventing some birds, like the Bali Starling, from becoming extinct!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Gary  Davey (Jordy)
    Gary Davey (J...about 4 years ago

    Great capture BB, I love the expression, reminds me of ‘Gonzo’ from The Muppets. Well done :))

  • Many thanks Jordy, yep the expression is priceless!

    – byronbackyard

  • Robert  Welsh
    Robert Welshabout 4 years ago

    Lovely photo of an interesting bird.

  • Many thanks Robert!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoabout 4 years ago

    Superb!!! …Tony

  • Many thanks Tony!

    – byronbackyard

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