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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, raptor, bird of prey, bubo bubo, nocturnal, predator, hunter

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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  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyover 3 years ago

    Love your picture Byron. Wish we had this type here to photograph as well.

  • Many thanks Franklin, we don’t have them here either unfortunately, this was taken in Bali!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    How fabulous- great expression!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Your title is a perfect match to its face! Fantastic capture and title!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 3 years ago

    Superb work young lady!!!…Tony

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    Great shot Deb.

  • Many thanks Al!

    – byronbackyard

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  • WOBBLYMOL
    WOBBLYMOLover 3 years ago

    fabulous shot

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleover 3 years ago

    Nice shot Deb. I saw one of these when I was in Africa but never had a flash with me. My shots are crap. We were on a night trip in one of the N-Parks. Well done.

  • Many thanks Alwyn, gorgeous birds. I’m not getting any shots by here, or very crap one … way too hot and not many birds around!

    – byronbackyard

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleover 3 years ago

    I am in Thailand at the moment and I did not bring my bird lens. There is not much here at present but the heat is the same as at home. The humidity is high. I am posting from my 4 month trip during last years winter when I went up through the centre and my trip to Cape York. This gives me plenty of photos to work with. I also posted some on RB (Not for Public View) before I left and am slowly releasing them. All the best and we must catch some day.

  • Indeed Alwyn, enjoy Thailand, which of course you will!

    – byronbackyard

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