Barn Owls feed mostly on small mammals, mainly rodents, and birds, but some insects, frogs and lizards are also eaten. 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.
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  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleover 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot Deb.

  • Thanks Alwyn, such beautiful and mysterious birds and rarely seen in this area. Although I believe they’re seen a lot more in the more rural areas!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • dperalta
    dperaltaover 3 years ago

    Ooooo that bird has its eyes on something … they are so dilated! Marvelous capture. Ooooo I wish so badly I could spend just a few moments in your back yard to bird watch! You have a veritable treasure of watching!

  • You’ll have to visit Byron Bay Debi. It’s actually been the worst summer for birds, too hot and wet, but they’re just all starting to be around again. I get quite down when I can’t get out there checking out what birds are around!

    – byronbackyard

  • dperalta
    dperaltaover 3 years ago

    Oh I hear you! I’ve missed seeing birds here in Utah. Of course winter time doesn’t make for the best bird watching. I just may take you up on that invite some day!!! cheers

  • I would be delighted!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Goregous shot Deb, congratulations too on your feature! Very deserving!

  • Many thanks Tina, such beautiful birds!

    – byronbackyard

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture. Such a beautiful bird.

  • Many thanks Bunny!

    – byronbackyard

  • Victoria Jostes
    Victoria Jostesover 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much Victoria!

    – byronbackyard

  • Cat2be
    Cat2beover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature
    31 March 2011

  • Yay, thanks so much, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • SUBI
    SUBIover 3 years ago

    lovely photo, congratulations, well done :)

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

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