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Eurasian Eagle Owl ( Bubo bubo )

Description: The upperparts are brown-black and tawny-buff, showing as dense freckling on the forehead and crown, stripes on the nape, sides and back of the neck, and dark splotches on the pale ground colour of the back, mantle and scapulars. A narrow buff band, freckled with brown buff, runs up from the base of the bill, above the inner part of the eye and along the inner edge of the black-brown, “ear-tufts”.

Habits: Active mainly at dusk to dawn. Flight is noiseless, whith soft wingbeats interrupted by gliding when flying over long distance. Will sometimes soar.

Voice: A deep, monotonous “oohu-oohu-oohu”. The female’s call is slightly higher than the male’s. When threatened, they may bark and growl.

Hunting & Food: Eagle Owls have various hunting techniques, and will take prey on the ground or in full flight. They may hunt in forests, but prefer open spaces.
Eagle Owls will eat almost anything that moves – from beetles to roe deer fawns. The major part of their diet consists of mammals (Voles, rats, mice, foxes, hares etc…), but birds of all kinds are also taken, including crows, ducks, grouse, seabirds, and even other birds of prey (including other owls). Other prey taken include snakes, lizards, frogs, fish, and crabs.
The most common type of prey depends largely on relative availability, but are usually voles and rats. In some coastal areas, they have been known to feed mainly on ducks and seabirds.
Pellets are somewhat compressed, irregularly cylindrical or conical shaped, averaging about 75 × 32 mm (3 × 1.25″).

Habitat: Eagle Owls occupy a variety of habitats, from coniferous forests to warm deserts. Rocky landscapes are often favoured. Adequate food supply and nesting sites seem to be the most important prerequisites.

Distribution: North Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle East.


  • jdmphotography
    jdmphotographyover 6 years ago


  • digitalmidge
    digitalmidgeover 6 years ago

    Truly amazing eyes, this is just gorgeous..;-)

  • smile4me
    smile4meover 6 years ago

    Powerful stare!!

  • hirst
    hirstover 6 years ago

    Fantastic image, great capture!

  • salsbells69
    salsbells69over 6 years ago

    Wow..fantastic shot..lovely perfect detail..Wonderful framing. Well done

  • pepper2008
    pepper2008over 6 years ago

    Beautiful,and again those eyes are just so amazing.

  • brirose55
    brirose55over 6 years ago

    awesome shot

  • velveteagle
    velveteagleover 6 years ago

    A true masterful portrait..

  • daimonic
    daimonicover 6 years ago

    A beautiful shot! ’nuf said!

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 6 years ago

    Beautiful eyes, but he certainly looks like he means business. Excellent photography.

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