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Long-Eared Owl

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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.

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52 Comments (1–25)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Thank you Gilma :)

Beautiful, Congratulations.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

and i'm starting to get jealous of yours and Emily's RLHA spottings ;p
thanks again.

AshleyT 11 years ago

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

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Haha thank you too Jakubko.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Beautiful, Joshua! What an amazing experience! WOW! Thanks fo sharing.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Thank you very much Braulio! :)

Braulio Rivas Tapia
Braulio Rivas Tapia 11 years ago

Great compositions!
A very well deserved spotting!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Thanks Willie! Yeah i was so surprised when i saw this guy just hanging out. I like yours though because of the natural setting.

williefromwi 11 years ago

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.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Thank you and muchos gracias Fyn and Hugo :)

Hugo Contreras
Hugo Contreras 11 years ago

guauu¡¡¡¡¡ que imágenes tan fantásticas, felicidades.

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 11 years ago

Awesome spot! Congrats!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Thank you very much Toucan :))

Toucan 11 years ago

Congratulations for SOTD, Joshua! Well deserved!! =)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Thanks again Carol :)

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 11 years ago

Congratulations on spot of the day! Incredible images. Love owls!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Thank you very much everybody! :)

PaulCote 11 years ago

Wow!!! Great picture!

NuwanChathuranga 11 years ago

Congratulations !

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 11 years ago

Congratulations Joshua on this wonderful SotD !

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Very cool spot great series Congratulations !

alicelongmartin 11 years ago

Wonderful Speciman!

Beautiful Joshua,congrats and thanks for sharing

YukoChartraw 11 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD for this beautiful spotting!

Josh Asel
Spotted by
Josh Asel

California, USA

Spotted on Jan 7, 2013
Submitted on Jan 7, 2013

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