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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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eurasian eagle owl, bubo bubo, bird of prey, raptor, predator, hunter, nocturnal, bali, indonesia, south east asia

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

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

    I really like this angle and capture on the owl. Gorgeous creature!

  • He so is, many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely shot Debs.

  • Many thanks Mark!

    – byronbackyard

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    Nicely done…love those eyes

  • Many thanks Larry, yes me too!

    – byronbackyard

  • pcfyi
    pcfyialmost 2 years ago

    Daily features 9-28-2012

    Amazing birds!! So many wonderful opportunities !!!

    DC

  • Many thanks, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • jozi1
    jozi1almost 2 years ago

    Wonderful shot ,this bird is quite different from the Afrian Eagle Owl :)

  • Many thanks, they’re very gorgeous!

    – byronbackyard

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