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.
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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Gary  Davey (Jordy)
    Gary Davey (J...almost 3 years ago

    Great capture BB, reminds me a little of ‘Gonzo’ from the Muppets :)

  • Many thanks Jordy, lol, yes I can see that!

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  • Ian Creek
    Ian Creekalmost 3 years ago

    Great Image

  • Many thanks Ian!

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  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckeralmost 3 years ago

  • Many thanks Dawn, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 3 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work

  • Many thanks Ann!

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  • jammingene
    jammingenealmost 3 years ago

  • Many thanks, very happy making!

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  • swaby
    swabyalmost 3 years ago

    Wow excellent close up and capture!

  • Many thanks Tina!

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  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinalmost 3 years ago

    Stunning capture!!!!!!

  • Many thanks Greta!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 3 years ago

    February 14, 2012

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making!

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  • Chris Chalk
    Chris Chalkalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent close up, great detail and interesting narrative !!

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