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Barn Owl by Trevor Kersley

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The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is the most widely distributed species of owl, and one of the most widespread of all birds. It is also referred to as Common Barn Owl, to distinguish it from other species in the barn-owl family Tytonidae. These form one of two main lineages of living owls, the other being the typical owls (Strigidae). T. alba is found almost anywhere in the world except polar and desert regions, Asia north of the Alpide belt, most of Indonesia, and the Pacific islands.
It is known by many other names, which may refer to the appearance, call, habitat or the eerie, silent flight: White Owl, Silver Owl, Demon Owl, Ghost Owl, Death Owl, Night Owl, Rat Owl, Church Owl, Cave Owl, Stone Owl, Monkey-faced Owl, Hissing Owl, Hobgoblin or Hobby Owl, Dobby Owl, Golden Owl, Scritch Owl, Screech Owl, Straw Owl, Barnyard Owl and Delicate Owl. “Golden Owl” might also refer to the related Golden Masked Owl (T. aurantia). “Hissing Owl” and, particularly in the USA, “screech owl” refer to the piercing calls of these birds, but the latter term usually refers to typical owls of the genus Megascops. The scientific name, established by G.A. Scopoli in 1769, literally means “white owl”, from the onomatopoetic Ancient Greek tyto (τυτο) for an owl—compare English "hooter"—and Latin alba, “white”.

Pentax K10D 18-55mm lens DSLR

This work was a Featured image in “We are passionate about Birds of Prey Group” 2009

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barn, bird, owl, prey, raptor

Comments

  • mousesuzy
    mousesuzyabout 6 years ago

    Lovely image, a real hoot….. Barn owls are so photogenic

  • I agree with you, have been trying for ages to get some shots of these wonderful creatures

    – Trevor Kersley

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillabout 6 years ago

    absolutely wonderful capture of this glorious Owl, so very well done. hugsxxx

  • Thank you for the comment and the hugs

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Robert Goulet
    Robert Gouletabout 6 years ago

    Beatiful shot, Beautiful bird:)

  • Thank you so much for your comments

    – Trevor Kersley

  • udonchow
    udonchowabout 6 years ago

    I love how this barn owl looks like he’s walking and deep in thought at the same time, so human-like! :D Great shot, I love Owls!! :D

  • Thank you very much for your kind comments

    – Trevor Kersley

  • chazz
    chazzover 5 years ago

    Great Shot!!!

  • Thanks very much Chazz

    – Trevor Kersley

  • D R Moore
    D R Mooreover 5 years ago
    This work was a Featured selection in the
    We Are Passionate About Birds Of Prey Group
  • Thanks very much it is greatley appreciated.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLover 5 years ago

    Stunning, it fits perfectly in our First Things Group!

  • Thank you very much for your comments and for taking the time to look..Waleska

    – Trevor Kersley

  • TrEaSuReDiMaGeS
    TrEaSuReDiMaGeSover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot of this incredible bird!!! Congrats on the feature Trevor!!! :-))

  • Thank you very much Deb for your comments

    – Trevor Kersley

  • tarnyacox
    tarnyacoxover 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous capture. Looks like it’s standing there like a person in thought – arms (wings) folded behind the back, head down in thought. The colours are brilliant and vivid. A fave for sure!

  • Thank you for your comments and for the time looking..Tarnya

    – Trevor Kersley

  • greenfrog153
    greenfrog153about 5 years ago

    Gorgeous portrait Trevor.

  • Thanks very much for your comments

    – Trevor Kersley

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