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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 Sigma 70-300mm

Featured in the group “Nature-Yorkshire” 20 Sep 2010

113 views @ 14 Nov 2010

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  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 6 years ago

    what a glorious portrait, wondrous owl and glorious shot. hugs xxx

  • Thanks for your comments

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kover 6 years ago

    wonderful close up, how lucky are you to be able to get this close. :) k

  • I am very lucky, these birds belong to a friend of my step-brother. Thanks for your comments

    – Trevor Kersley

  • jenjim
    jenjimover 6 years ago

    Fantastic shot, and what detail it is amazing

  • Thanks..Jennifer for your comments

    – Trevor Kersley

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 5 years ago

    Great Feature!!! Magic angle and detail.

  • Thanks very much for your comments

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 5 years ago

  • Thanks very much for the feature

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 5 years ago

    Your welcome

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • thank you

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • thank you Ray

    – Trevor Kersley

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 4 years ago

    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • thanking you Janice

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesalmost 4 years ago

  • thank you Rene

    – Trevor Kersley

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