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The Eurasian Eagle Owl is the world’s largest owl. Despite its size, they are generally a good-natured bird, preferring to shy away from contact with people, rather than chase them away.
It 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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  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 3 years ago

    Superb !!!!……………..Tony

  • Many thanks Tony!

    – byronbackyard

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 3 years ago

    What a beautiful capture of this beautiful Owl.

    Cheers Jude

  • Many thanks Jude!

    – byronbackyard

  • Robert H Carney
    Robert H Carneyover 3 years ago

  • Many thanks Robert, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture…love those eyes

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Excellent image !

  • Many thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosover 3 years ago

    A fine capture Byron!

  • Many thanks John!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • Rookwood Studio ©
    Rookwood Studio ©over 3 years ago

    Congratulations from Lisa
    Amazing Wildlife Group

  • Many thanks Lisa, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your lovely feature, wonderful work.

  • Many thanks Andrea!

    – byronbackyard

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