LEO - Long Eared Owl - Ottawa, Ontario by Michael Cummings

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“The Long-eared Owl is a medium sized owl, 31–37 cm in length with an 86–98 cm wingspan. It has erect blackish ear-tufts, which are positioned in the center of the head. The ear-tufts are used to make the owl appear larger to other owls while perched. The female is larger in size and darker in coloration than the male. The Long-eared Owl’s brownish feathers are vertically streaked. Tarsus and toes are entirely feathered. Eye disks are also characteristic in this species. However, the eye disks of A. otus are darker in color or rusty-orange. This nocturnal species is perhaps most easily seen perched in a tree in its daytime roost, sometimes in small groups during the winter months.” Wikipedia

Taken in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Nikon D300
ISO 640
EV 0.00
Pattern Metering
No Flash
550 MM
WB Shade

Front Cover of “Owls of Ontario” Calendar


ecology, hunter, long eared owl, nature, owls, predator, trees, wilderness, wildlife


  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitover 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture Michael!!!

  • Thank you Deborah

    – Michael Cummings

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture!

  • Thanks Kim :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Jay Ryser
    Jay Ryserover 4 years ago

    What big eyes he has. What a great catch

  • Thanks Jay, don’t normally find them here this time of year

    – Michael Cummings

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellover 4 years ago

    beautiful, Michael!

  • Thank you Catherine

    – Michael Cummings

  • Elaine Bawden
    Elaine Bawdenover 4 years ago

    Exceptional capture~ Elaine

  • Thank you Elaine

    – Michael Cummings

  • whisperjo
    whisperjoover 4 years ago


  • Thank you Jo :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • franticflagwave
    franticflagwaveover 4 years ago

    He is gorgeous specimen………………….Barbara

  • Thanks very much Barbara

    – Michael Cummings

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    So rich!

  • Thank you Lee-Anne :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Littlehalfwings
    Littlehalfwingsover 4 years ago

    Amazing shot of a very beautiful owl. Lovely work!

  • Thank you Halfwing

    – Michael Cummings

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    Another great owl capture! I really don’t know how you manage to get all these closeup bird pictures, and they are all so clear and detailed. Just wonderful!

  • Good equipment helps alot.

    – Michael Cummings

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