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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 7D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourabout 2 years ago

    Gosh this is a terrific shot of this beautiful creature, and a very interesting Narrtive

  • Many thanks Malcolm and indeed a beautiful creature!

    – byronbackyard

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesabout 2 years ago

    Lovely capture of this beauty Debs.

  • Many thanks Mark, he’s quite a character!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Many thanks Ann!

    – byronbackyard

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 2 years ago

    What a fascinating bird. Is this a young one; it’s hard to tell the scale; but it seems maybe that the ear tufts are not developed yet. Those eyes are amazing.

  • He’s not young, he’s got his ears flattened back, they do that a lot I’ve noticed!

    – byronbackyard

  • pcfyi
    pcfyiabout 2 years ago

    Daily features 9-25-2012
    Great Photo

  • Many thanks, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Matt Aunger
    Matt Aungerabout 2 years ago

  • Debbie-anne
    Debbie-anneabout 2 years ago

    Incredible creature !

  • Yes indeed, thanks Debbie-anne!

    – byronbackyard

  • pcfyi
    pcfyiabout 2 years ago

    Featured for week of 9-29
    Nice Job!

  • Many thanks, very happy making, my first feature with this group!

    – byronbackyard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 2 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your feature in A Photographers Craft, beautiful work

  • Many thanks Andrea!

    – byronbackyard

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