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Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Owls all over the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-12 3:33
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On a birding trip our group came upon a colony of 19 long-eared owls in a grove of pine trees. It was a memorable experience for all of us. : )

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FIELD MARKS: Tufts appear to sit on the middle of the head above the eyes. Their eyes are yellow, their bill's are black, and their throats are dark. Facial disk circular and rusty/brown; color intensity varies. Chest and belly are mixed with horizontal and vertical markings. Ventrally, mottled brown. Dorsally, the back is mottled with mixtures of brown.
SIZE: 13 to 16 inches.
WEIGHT: eight to 10 ounces.
SIMILAR SPECIES: Great horned owl is much larger, tufts set wider on the head, and the throat is white.
HABITAT: Long-eared owls are most often observed in hedgerows, woody draws, and juniper thickets, although they do not occur within the forest edge. They are predominantly open-country hunters; however, they are seldom seen because of their nocturnal habits.??VOICE: A soft, "Hoo, hoo, hoo...," varying in number and given at two-to three second intervals.
NATURAL HISTORY: Begins nesting in March or April; nests in a stick nest built by other raptors, magpies, crows, or ravens. Clutch size three to six. Incubation about 26 days. Young fledge at 30 to 40 days. Migratory in northern latitudes, although some owls may stay throughout the winter.
FOOD HABITS: Depends heavily on small rodents.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-12 3:55]

What a nice composition for this beautiful Owl. I like its glance on you and the POV with sky behind. Congratulations Manyee and thanks for sharing here.

  • Needs Improvement 
  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-12 5:34]

Manyee bonjour, magnifique comosition avec cet oiseau posé dans ce lacis de branchages c'est superbe !! Mes félicitations Didier.

Hello Manyee. Very good moment you captured! Nice composition! Very well done! TFS.

Hello Manyee,
No doubt this is good photograph but eared are slightly out of focus. Congratulations Manyee and TFS.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-10-12 6:58]

Belle prise nature,vous avez beaucoup de chance de rencontrer un aussi bel oiseau.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie !

Hi Manyee,
An excellent shot of this Long Eared Owl in his natural environment. You did an excellent job on correct focus thru the branches. Nice color and detail. Interesting bird with great notes.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-12 11:29]

not easy Manyee,
but I think you did made a very good capture here, the bird is good in pov and the contrast with the blue sky is fantastic, very good job,
gr. Jaap

Hi Manyee,
she has got wonderful Eyes. :-) Wonderful Bird. Today I was in my break in a Wildlife Park and saw a Fox in a tree(10 m up)!!! But he was to far away. I like your shot.


hello Manyee , welcom to Belgium ( Europe )
for a beginner you make very beautiful photographs of which for the majority I am in Bravo admiration



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