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European Owl

The second of two shots taken at a local falconry, indeed I featured this bird once before. The European Eagle Owl was a native of Britain until the latter part of the 19th Century and became extinct here largely as a result of man’s persecution. Eagle Owls are the largest of the owls and their sheer size and aggressive nature makes them the most dominant bird of prey (both nocturnal and diurnal) wherever they are found. Very occasionally they are killed by large Eagles, but more often it is they who prey on other Raptors.

European Owl

The second of two shots taken at a local falconry, indeed I featured this bird once before. The European Eagle Owl was a native of Britain until the latter part of the 19th Century and became extinct here largely as a result of man’s persecution. Eagle Owls are the largest of the owls and their sheer size and aggressive nature makes them the most dominant bird of prey (both nocturnal and diurnal) wherever they are found. Very occasionally they are killed by large Eagles, but more often it is they who prey on other Raptors.

comments (23)

  • Frances
  • United States
  • 26 Apr 2013, 00:41
Another brilliant wildlife shot Brian! The framing is perfect with the green background adds wonderful contrast to the colors of the bird.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Frances.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Apr 2013, 01:28
Lovely portrait of a beautiful boid, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Ray.
She looks very stern- great capture Brian, she's beautiful!
Brian Walbey: Isn't she gorgeous, but quite fierce in the wild I believe.
Beautiful portrait Brian... what wonderful plumage....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Peter.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 26 Apr 2013, 06:46
This looks real, Brian
Brian Walbey: I should jolly well hope so Lisl smile Isn't it gorgeous.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Apr 2013, 07:16
TEXTBOOK, Brian.
Brian Walbey: I'm planning to put this in the next Club competition, no doubt the judge will dislike something about it, some of them rarely have much taste!!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 26 Apr 2013, 07:25
Wonderful Detail
Brian Walbey: Yes I was lucky it was sitting fairly still at the time.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Apr 2013, 07:27
A fine shot Brian: a wise move
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Chris.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Apr 2013, 08:09
This is a wonderful portrait, love the details of the feathers.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Astrid.
Great portrait Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Chantal.
Superb portrait Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Richard.
He does look a bit cranky. Beautiful shot, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Mary, isn't it a fine looking bird.
A fine picture Brian. They are wonderful creatures.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Bill, isn't it a fine looking bird.
Do check this out, if you are in facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=620210511326802&set=vb.473267562687765&type=2&theater
Brian Walbey: Thanks Juan Carlos, I'm not on Facebook but it allowed me to watch the video, I wouldn't fancy being a small animal with that flying towards me.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 26 Apr 2013, 13:13
I always smile when I think of owls described as wise Brian.
Brian Walbey: They are wise enough not to go hungry at least Chad.
A beautiful shot Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Martin, isn't it a fine looking bird.
Wonderful bird,Brian,one of my favourites.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Frank, isn't it a fine looking bird.
'Just let me alone, please...'
Brian Walbey: I bet they think that at times Richard.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 26 Apr 2013, 18:56
What I really meant to say is that it looks so real it doesn't look like a photograph
Brian Walbey: Yes I know you did Lisl, my reply wasn't meant rudely, I hope it didn't come across like that.
Owls are my favourite birds Brian, and this is a great capture!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Fred.
Those golden eyes are wonderful Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes they are I agree, no doubt they can see the smallest of creatures.
A beauty... great capture here.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Jacquelyn.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Apr 2013, 21:08
My word he's handsome. What glorious markings he has. I've never heard of "diurnal" before so thank you for that. I can tell that he's a day hunter has he has light eyes; nocturnal birds have dark eyes. I love the tufts.
Brian Walbey: Indeed he's handsome Alan. I was unfamiliar with the term "diurnal" as well.

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