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Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-09 6:58
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Long-eared Owl - Asio otus (previously: Strix 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, 31–40 cm in length with an 86–100 cm (34–39 in) wingspan and a body mass of 178–435 g. 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 Owl’s 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.

Separation from Short-eared Owl
Over much of its range, Long-eared Owl occurs with the similar-looking Short-eared Owl. At rest, the ear-tufts of Long-eared Owl serve to easily distinguish the two (although Long-eared Owl can sometimes hold its ear-tufts flat). The iris-colour differs: yellow in Short-eared, and orange in Long-eared, and the black surrounding the eyes is vertical on Long-eared, and horizontal on Short-eared. Overall Short-eared tends to be a paler, sandier bird than Long-eared. There are a number of other ways in which the two species differ which are best seen when they are flying:
• Short-eared often has a broad white band along the rear edge of the wing, which is not shown by Long-eared;
• on the upperwing, Short-eared Owl's primary-patches are usually paler and more obvious;
• the band on the upper side of Short-eared Owl's tail are usually bolder than those of Long-eared;
• Short-eared's innermost secondaries are often dark-marked, contrasting with the rest of the underwing;
• Long-eared Owl has streaking throughout its underparts whereas on Short-eared the streaking ends at the breast;
• the dark markings on the underside of the tips of the longest primaries are bolder on Short-eared Owl;
• the upperparts are coarsely blotched, whereas on Long-eared they are more finely marked;
• Short-eared Owl also differs structurally from Long-eared, having longer, slimmer wings: Long-eared Owl has wings shaped more like those of a Tawny Owl.

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 25–30 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. In Europe it faces competition from the tawny owl and is most numerous where the tawny is absent.

A number of subspecies have been noted in this species including A. o. otus, A. o. canariensis, A. o. tuftsi and A. o. Wilsonianus.

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Hello Peter,
Excellent photo of this Long-eared Owl, great sharpness, very fine, colorful details, TFS!

Hallo Peter
Super foto met veel details
de kleur van de ogen zijn prachtig
Mooie veren met mooie tekening er op
super plaatje!
bedankt groetjes lou

what a magnificent shot! great portrait of an Long-eared Owl. every thing perfect.

Hello Peter,
A beautiful portrait of this Owl, impressive eye contact! great composition and nice details sharpness, a very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Hallo Peter,
a very beautiful portrait of the Long-eared Owl, very good sharpness and colours, excellent point of view and close composition
Best regards

Hello Peter,
Fantastic portrait with amazing details,perfect focus on eye splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors.
Best regards

Great portrait Peter! Interesting subject, very good composition and wonderful colours. The eyes are fantastic.

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-02-09 8:07]

hello peter

i feel to touch it.it is magic of photograph.
what a 3d natural captured! stunning all over!
superb of sharpness and light balance.my fav.today.tfs
have a nice day.

Hi Peter
Superb portrait of this beautiful owl. Impressive sharpness on focus,amazing details and colors.Close composition is beautiful for a beatiful picture.Congrats.
Thank You.
Kind regards

Ciao Peter, great portrait of lovely owl with fantastic eyes, fine details, beautiful lighting BG, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-02-09 9:10]

Hallo Peter,
Great owl portrait ..
Excellent presentation of the Long-eared Owl. Superb quality, nice colours and very good composition.
Best wishes,

Hi Peter,
amazing photo of this owl. Great point of view. Amazing colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

A greater than life photo! Excellent pose, good detail. Wonderful to look at all the details.
regards yiannis

Hello Peter,
Impressive portraiture of this Long-eared Owl captured from an excellent POV with great sharpness and fine details. The colours and blurred BG are also beautiful. Well done!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-09 12:04]

Great visual impact in this splendid image, Peter!
Excellent sharpness and beautiful colours; fantastic eye contact.
Very well done!

Ciao Peter.
Stupenda foto di questo Gufo,con dei colori eccellenti,notevoli particolari,messi in evidenza
dalla grande nitidezza ,ottima la composizione complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-02-09 13:29]

Hi Peter
a bit noisy but beautiful!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-02-09 17:57]

Hello Peter!
What the eyes!!! Very atractive portrait showing this sympathetic owl.
Good job!TFS
Regards from,

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery! Appreciated!

Hello Peter

WOW ! great portrait of the Long-eared Owl,
fine POV, beautiful expressive glance,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-02-09 20:06]

Hi Peter,
Perfect portrait of a beautiful owl. Excellent detail and perfectly sharp photo with nice background.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Peter,
Very nice portrait, nice colors, excellent sharpness and good background.

Excellent photo! Pin sharp with great feather detail, I particularly love the eyes

impressive close up, fine colors and sharpness performance!
regards Peter

Ciao Peter. Superb portrait for the cute bird with impressive focused eyes. Best compliments.


Peter - I dont think it can get better than this. PERFECT shot.. great sharpness and amazing POV. tfs

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-02-10 15:03]

Hello Peter,
Awesome portrait image of this beautiful Owl. Love those large orangish red eyes and the intense stare. Outstanding detail and gorgeous colors. I'm not sure why, but owls have a way of quickly captivating ones attention. Great work!!

Hello Peter,
Another interesting image.....Impressive capture with very nice details and exceptional sharpness. The light in the eye are superb.
Ecellent clarity and the perfect focus as usual.
Thanks for sharing this gorgeous bird.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-02-11 4:20]

Hello Peter,
Very fine portrait of the Long-eared Owl with a very expressive face. Love the beautiful eyes! Fine sharpness and a beautifully colored background. I have seen this species just once in nature.
Thanks also for the note
Kind regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-02-11 4:54]

Hello Peter,
With superb eye contact, excellent clarity, fine natural colours this is a superb portrait of the Long-eared Owl.
There was a report of one in one of the Kalmar parks but we could not find it this morning.
Thanks and enjoy your weeken,

Hello Peter,
This is an magnificent picture of long-eared owl. The staring of this owl is just wonderful. Very well done and tfs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-11 13:07]

Hello Peter,
Excellent portrait shot. Very beautiful colors. The nice backround really makes the owl standout. Detail is sharp, and the compo.Very nice work! Best regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-12 2:01]

Hello Peter,
very exciting view a stern stare from the owl. Superb sharpness and wonderful portrait.
Wonderful capture.


OOOhhh, quι maravilla. Enhorabuena por la captura Peter.

J. Ignasi.

Hi Peter, Beautiful close-up of this finely detailed long-eared owl. The portrait really let's the viewer get an eye to eye experience of this amazing looking animal. The tufts really give this individual character. Well done. :)

Hello Peter
Excellent work friend Peter! ... I love the way in which the entire photo is "developed" around the eyes of this owl! Also a very complete note!

Hello Peter,
very good sharpness and colours, excellent point of view and close composition TFS and POV.
Excellent photo of this Long-eared Owl ;-)

Best regards

Hi Peter Wow another quality image from you my good friend, superb sharpness and what amazing clarity, excellent lighting with lovely colour saturation, great stuff here Peter and very well done,
Best Regards,


fantastic capture Peter, congratulations ! excellent details for this beautiful bird portrait,

ciao, tino

Fantastic potrait of this Owl Peter!
I like the the eyes & superb details too. Very well done & TFS.

Hello Peter.
I like the pose and the long eared and the eyes are just too good in the frame. A shot that is hard to better.
Thanks and kind regards.

Hello Peter,
wow, what a fantastic picture of this Long-eared Owl with good sharpness and a nicely blurred background. I especially like the awesome eyes. You must have be very lucky to capture this bird in the wilderness.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter,
An outstanding capture with great sharpness,details and clarity.
TFS and my regards,

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