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The Long-eared Owl is a medium-sized woodland Owl. They have prominent ear tufts sitting in the middle of the head. Plumage is brown and buff, with heavy mottling and barring over most of the body. Male plumage tends to be lighter than females. The eyes are golden yellow, facial disk pale to rufous, and the bill is black. The legs and feet are heavily feathered. Juveniles are similar to adults but less heavily marked. The head tufts are shorter and less defined and facial disk darker. Body feathers are tipped with greyish white. Though widespread and relatively common in its range, it is rarely seen.
A bird of temperate forests, the Long-eared Owl roosts and nests in trees by day and hunts in open areas by night.
Not ten feet away from me, this owl drew a crowd being so comfortable with people.
Spotted on Jan 7, 2013
Submitted on Jan 7, 2013
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52 Comments (1–25)
Thank you Gilma :)
and i'm starting to get jealous of yours and Emily's RLHA spottings ;p
I know I've already told you how much I like this picture, but I am very jealous of the fact that you found one out in the open, just sitting there. And a very pretty one at that! I hope one day that happens to me lol
Haha thank you too Jakubko.
Beautiful, Joshua! What an amazing experience! WOW! Thanks fo sharing.
Thank you very much Braulio! :)
A very well deserved spotting!
Thanks Willie! Yeah i was so surprised when i saw this guy just hanging out. I like yours though because of the natural setting.
Beautiful bird beautifully captured. I was lucky enough to make a spotting of these birds a few weeks ago. They are abundant in many places, but rarely seen and even more rarely photographed.
Thank you and muchos gracias Fyn and Hugo :)
guauu¡¡¡¡¡ que imágenes tan fantásticas, felicidades.
Awesome spot! Congrats!
Thank you very much Toucan :))
Congratulations for SOTD, Joshua! Well deserved!! =)
Thanks again Carol :)
Congratulations on spot of the day! Incredible images. Love owls!
Thank you very much everybody! :)
Wow!!! Great picture!
Congratulations Joshua on this wonderful SotD !
Very cool spot great series Congratulations !
Beautiful Joshua,congrats and thanks for sharing
Congratulations on your SOTD for this beautiful spotting!