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Long Eared Owl

By AlexAppleby
Many thanks to all of you who C&C'd my last upload, especially to HarrietH, EileenH and rsjkinson for their very much appreciated user awards.

This weekend I found this rather handsome chap trying to hide out in the middle of a thicket. He was enjoying the sunshine on a very blustery day, and mostly had his eyes shut, but every now and then he would open them, revealing the most amazing coloured eyes I've ever seen. Excuse all the branches in front of him, but I didn't want to disturb him too much so had to keep my distance.

Tags: Long eared owl Wildlife and nature

Voters: morpheus1955, dave1967, MariaElaine and 34 more

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dave1967 6 4 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2014 9:44PM
Well spotted Alex great shot

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ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2014 9:49PM
Wow Alex he/she's gorgeous very well done,

Ali GrinGrin
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
16 Feb 2014 10:07PM
Often found in low thickets Alex, we have them in Lea Valley.
DerekL 13 188 24 England
16 Feb 2014 10:20PM
Great shot, showing how well it is camouflaged in it's natural environment Alex.

ColleenA Plus
5 358 6 Australia
16 Feb 2014 10:22PM
That is seriously camouflaged. Well spotted Alex. A beautiful capture. What a magnificent owl.
16 Feb 2014 10:56PM
Wonderful capture Alex, love his orange eyes otherwise no one could spot him. Grin
terryxc 5 7 England
16 Feb 2014 11:16PM
Superb shot and brilliantly spotted...

EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 12:05AM
Great captureSmile

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 12:32AM
Such a great find, and such a great capture. The eyes standing out like car headlamps on a winters day.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
What a beauty Alex, the eyes are just amazing. Good spotting you..

Lynette Grin
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 1:19AM
Serious eye contact, if it blinked you would miss it Alex. Superb capture.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
17 Feb 2014 6:21AM
A wonderful spot and capture, Alex. Carol
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 8:38AM
Excellent shot and well spotted Alex, as it is so well camouflaged with only its intense eye colour giving it away.

Mike_Smith Plus
10 476 1 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 1:42PM
Cracking shot Alex, he is well hidden in there amazing how you spotted him
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
17 Feb 2014 4:15PM
A cracking capture Alex, he's got his beady eyes on you!
very well spotted.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2014 6:54PM
How do you find these magnificent owls Alex
Lovely in natural settings...excellent shot
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2014 8:19AM
A great photograph of this beautiful bird in its habitat Alex.

rsjkinson 8 5 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2014 4:42PM
Well spotted Alex you must have very good eyesight GrinGrinGrin

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