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Long-Eared Owl

Long-Eared Owl
Photo Information
Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-01-22 7:41
Viewed: 3230
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Long-Eared Owl was roosting in a bramble trying to hide and have a sleep. This photo was cropped.
Long-eared Owl
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Long-eared Owl
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Strigiformes

Family: Strigidae

Genus: Asio

Species: A. otus

The Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) is a species of owl which breeds in Europe, Asia, and North America. Breeding season is from February to July. This bird is partially migratory, moving south in winter from the northern parts of its range. Its habitat is forest close to open country. Asio otus is more elusive than other owls in this family.

This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, family Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping of owls are the barn owls, family Tytonidae.

The Long-eared Owl is a medium sized owl, 31-37 cm in length with an 86-98 cm wingspan. The Long-eared Owl carries its blackish tufts, which are positioned in the center of the head, in an erect posture. The females are larger in size and darker in coloration than the males. 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, 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.

It nests in trees, often conifers, using the old stick nests of other birds such as crows, ravens and magpies (Family Corvidae) and various hawks. The average clutch size is 4-6 eggs, and incubation time averages from 25-30 days. It will readily use artificial nesting baskets. It roosts and nests in temperate forests. An unusual characteristic of this species is its communal nesting in thickets during the winter months.

Asio otus is nocturnal, and it hunts over open country by night. It is very long winged, like the similar Short-eared Owl, and glides slowly on stiff wings when hunting. Its food is mainly rodents, small mammals, and birds.

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hi rick!
here we talking one with the nature:)
what a nice look!
nice capture with good sharpness

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-22 8:20]

Hello Rick,
Very fine sharp capture of this one who is not just long-eared but also very "long"! Pity that you cut off the tail feathers but even so a nice composition showing this owl in the wild!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Rick,
This is a so strange looking bird. Their shape just amazed me. It is not easy to photograph owls as they are always hidden (from what I saw so far). I wonder why you cropped its tail of though. This is a great eye contact with nice details. Thanks,

hi rick,
fine capture,
nice pov,
well composed,
the eyes look very dominent in the compo,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-22 8:46]

Hi Rick,
Your shot shows how difficult it is to find these guys and you did a good job taking this.
The blur caused by a twig in front of the lens is outweighed by the rest: sharp and well presented.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-01-22 9:59]

Hi Rick

What a strange and beautiful bird, it's 'long' shape looks almost distorted! I just can't get over his face!
Great colours and details, the blur of the twig doesn't matter to me really, as i'm sure had you the choice you would've shot without it in frame.



Hi Rick
I think the Long Eared owl is so unique looking compared other owls in Alberta. Nice capture ears and all :) He does look a bit surprised but I guess that's just normal. Nicly pose, colours and detail as he sits in the bramble of branches.
TFS Janice

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-22 12:21]

Hola Rick. Una hermosa foto de este "Buho" me agradan sus ojos y la fina pose de esta ave. Foto exelente. Luis52.

nice capture, try to sharpen a bit more, TFS Ori

Hi Rick! Great that you caught him as he is so very well camoflauged! Very good POV, showing off his long and lanky body, and oh, those ears! Haven't seen a photograph of one before, only drawings. Wonderful capture! Well done! Linda

Rick, I don't know how I missed this one... after all those boring penetrating eyes are very catching. They are the best part of this shot and almost demand to be seen closer. I have done a WS to show what I mean. Hope you like, Jay

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