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Long-eared Owl


Long-eared Owl
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-16 0:32
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The Long-eared Owl - Asio otus (previously: Stix otus) is a species of owl which breeds in Europe, Asia, and North America. 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, 3137 cm in length with an 8698 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 Owls 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.
The Long-eared Owl's breeding season is from February to July. This bird is partially migratory, moving south in winter from the northern parts of its temperate range. Its habitat is forest close to open country.
It nests in trees, often coniferous, using the old stick nests of other birds such as crows, ravens and magpies and various hawks. The average clutch size is 4-6 eggs, and the incubation time averages from 2530 days. It will readily use artificial nesting baskets. An unusual characteristic of this species is its communal roosting in thickets during the winter months. The young have a characteristic call, likened to a rusty hinge.
The Long-eared Owl 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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Excelente documento Razvan, de una especie que aqu desconocemos. Independientemente del enfoque, la foto es de gran realismo.
Un saludo y buen Domingo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-16 2:50]

Waw...de ce oare eu ma gandesc la Iliescu cand privesc aceasta pasare?:))

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-05-16 2:51]

Hello Razvan.

I think you were really lucky to see and capture this owl.
They have beautiful, speaking eyes.
Very well done and thank you for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

Buna Razvan,
Greu cred ca ai gasit acest exemplar superb de ciuf de padure..
Te-a zarit si se pare ca era pe punctul sa zboare.
Detalii si culori foarte bune.
Numai bine!
Marius.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-16 8:01]

Hello Razvan,
Nice shot of this owl, I like the erect pose. Good exposure and detail. Well placed in the frame, showing its natural habitat very well. Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-16 8:39]

Hi Razvan. It had its orange eyes set on you. It blends into the tree so well. Taken with good featehr detail and natural looking colours. TFS.
Nick..

Buna Razvan,
Foarte frumos acest exemplar de ciuf de padure, nu e o pasare care sa o gasesti usor. Din cate cunosc iarna se aduna in grupuri si ierneaza an de an in acelasi loc fiind mai usor de surprins. Felicitari pentru cadrul surprins in aceasta perioada!
Numai bine,
Mircea

You must be incredible lucky to have a chance photographing this amazing creature!! Well you had not the most perfect condition , but I think you have managed to capture the bird quite well from this angle.
Regards,
George Veltchev

Hello Razvan
Beautiful photo, great composition. Excellent natural colors, sharpness and contrast.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
Hello Vanni

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-16 22:56]

Hello Razvan,
Absolutely fantastic image of an owl I have only seen once in the wild. Your capture is far superior to the one I got. Great work Razvan.
Rick

Ciao Razvan. An hard capture with interestin wild environment. Too soft colours in my opionion.

Roberto

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