Darwin is a little Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) who is just over a year old. Tawny Owls are native to the UK but are a very secretive species as they are purely nocturnal so there is little known about their population numbers in the wild.

This photo clearly shows Darwin’s heart shape face. This actually acts like a satellite dish and funnels sound across his facial plate into each ear. His ears are hidden under lots of feathers just on the edge of the “feathery heart” and he actually has wonky ears – this is something called asymetric hearing, allowing him to pin point the exact location of where his dinner is hiding!

Taken 11-05-12 at The Butterfly and Wildlife Park, Lincolnshire, UK.
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  • Michaela1991
    Michaela1991about 2 years ago

    He is gorgeous!! Great shot of him!! xx

  • Thanks Kayla xxx

    – nellie11

  • Tamara  Kaylor
    Tamara Kaylorabout 2 years ago

    She is a beauty nellie ; ) Great capture ; )

  • Thank u :)

    – nellie11

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Nellie

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 2 years ago

    He’s beautiful!!

  • indeed he is!!! thank u for ur comment

    – nellie11

  • Renee D. Miranda
    Renee D. Mirandaabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations nellie 11, your work has been featured in Around the World.

  • Mark Batten-O'Donohoe
    Mark Batten-O'...about 2 years ago

  • lenslife
    lenslifeabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful, what a stunning shot!!

  • thank u :)

    – nellie11

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    6 June 2012…Commendable work Nellie

  • kappisan
    kappisanabout 2 years ago

    A True Beauty!:)
    Congratulations on your Feature!
    from Holland,

  • Thank you very much Kappi – glad my photo reached u in Holland :)

    – nellie11

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 2 years ago

    June 11th, 2012
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