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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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture…love the eyes

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 2 years ago

    21st Sept 2012

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Lou-Garew
    Lou-Garewabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful shot, and great information, too! A whole hedgehog…that’s no small feat!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment, amazing birds!

    – byronbackyard

  • pcfyi
    pcfyiabout 2 years ago

    Features for sat to Sunday nite
    Congrats just a little behind.

    thank you great pics as usually!

  • Many thanks, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréabout 2 years ago

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