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Short-eared Owl by Tamara Clark


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The Short-eared Owl, Asio flammeus, is rather unusual in that it is a ground-nesting owl as well as a day-time feeder. It is in the ‘true owl’ family Strigidae, and in the ‘eared-owl’ genus Asio. Its species name, flammeus, comes from the appearance of flaming feathers which flow from the top of its body. Its short, ear-like tufts, are not actually ears and are not always visible, though they do aid in the owl’s sharp hearing. This species can be seen throughout Britain and North America, and in fact has one of the largest distributions of any bird, existing on every continent except Antarctica and Australia.


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Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she is enjoying illustrating the local flora and fauna. She recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA where she sold images of coastal species in galleries and markets and freelanced in illustration and design. Her clients include the Smithsonian Institution, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and a variety of publishers, websites and organizations.

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    Qnitaalmost 2 years ago

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