The Eagle Owl is a very large and powerful bird. Smaller than the Golden Eagle but larger than the Snowy Owl. The great size, ear tufts and orange eyes make this a distinctive species.It mainly feeds on small animals such as voles,rats,mice and hares .However prey can be killed up to the size of a fox,marmots and young deer if taken by surprise. I spotted this at Chorley market a bird sanctuary was there with quite a few owls inviting people along to visit them . It’s just a pity there wasn’t more contrast in the background to show the ear tufts more. They were inviting you to have your picture taken with them . I don’t think they liked me snapping away.