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Barn Owl (black faced)

By Lillian  
Quietly sitting in the trees and looking around

Have to say I have never before seen an owl like this and cannot find info on the net
anyone know about this beautiful bird?

Thank for Ann for your Award on the Little Owl yesterday

very much appreciated and to you all for your comments

Not around much as have to take Cassie my elderly cat to vet


Tags: General Barn owl Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

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20 Aug 2013 7:23AM
Beautiful capture Lillian. They are gorgeous, I went on an experience day with a friend earlier in the year and got one. Just beautiful Grin

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20 Aug 2013 7:28AM
Gorgeous image.
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 7:30AM
Lovely shot of the owl the other two are funny looking owls hee hee. Hope you get on ok with your cat.
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 7:39AM
Excellent detail. Smile
ValSaxby Plus
12 146 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 7:58AM
Lovely picture of Ashley. Ashley is a melanistic Barn Owl. Still the same species of the Tyto Alba.

Meaning of melanistic: An increased amount of black or nearly black pigmentation of an organism, resulting from the presence of melanin.
It is the opposite of albino, which occurs due to lack of melanin.

There are a number of articles under Black Barn Owl which may help Lillian.

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
20 Aug 2013 7:59AM
Have never seen a dark faced barn owl either, Lillian, nor the other two at V 2 and 3.
Hope Cassie is OK and all goes well at the vet's.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 8:08AM
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
20 Aug 2013 8:15AM
What a unique owl in V1 !! Lovely images !!
20 Aug 2013 8:21AM
fine looking specimen Lillian a first for me as well the two white faced ones in V2 and 3 don't get a look in TongueWink

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
20 Aug 2013 8:29AM
A Great set Lillian.
Hope all goes well with the vet and your bill wont be a big one ,as we find here it cheaper to have a vet to see to a cow than our cats.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 8:39AM
Wonderful images Lillian

20 Aug 2013 8:46AM
Three excellent images, Lillian!

20 Aug 2013 9:02AM
A fine capture of a beautiful bird Lillian,
20 Aug 2013 9:07AM
Super capture Lillian - these owls are also know as Ashy Faced Barn Owls - I suppose someone very intelligent thought that name up!!! Tongue

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
20 Aug 2013 10:01AM
More new knowledge for me today, and beautifully illustrated, Lillian.

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 10:30AM
I have not seen one these either Lillian, great to learn about them though, super imageSmile

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 10:37AM
Lovely pose Grin
What a wonderful looking owl Lillian...well taken and a super image GrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 11:40AM
Pretty pose - a super captureSmile
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
20 Aug 2013 12:13PM
Fantastic image! PattiSmile
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 12:15PM
Three fine portraits , but the model in V1 is the prettiest! Well done ValSaxby for the I/D.
9 10 10 England
20 Aug 2013 12:23PM
Lovely owl Lillian.
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 12:43PM
Smile Smile Smile Smile
three great shots v1 for me. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin
User_Removed 5 4 1 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 2:36PM
V1 is stunning V2 and V3 think I saw on crime watch recently. Only joking. BobSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
20 Aug 2013 2:57PM
Three very good portraits Lillian. I have a feeling I may know the last two by name only........Sandy
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
20 Aug 2013 3:51PM
How very beautiful, Lillian. Best of luck with your trip to the vet. Carol
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 4:17PM
Such a beautiful bird - and very well captured.
V2, V3 - who's who???
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
20 Aug 2013 4:21PM
All delightful images Lillian. These are my favourite class of bird.GrinGrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
20 Aug 2013 4:54PM
Not seen an owl like this one before, Lillian. Three fine portraits, but think the owl's the winner! Wink
Trev Smile
20 Aug 2013 5:15PM
The Owl's lovely Lillian, the other two hoods look a bit dubious.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
20 Aug 2013 5:53PM
Not only great to view the lovely image of the Owl but fascinating to learn more from the info others have posted.

20 Aug 2013 6:01PM
A stunning Bird indeed Lillian, I've never seen one like this either, or anything like V2 & 3 Wink

John Smile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 6:42PM
A super image, Lillian, and interesting information being given about this unusual owl.
Can we have the site user names for Graeme and Chris? It's always great to put a face to a name.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 6:59PM
To much info being given out methinksWink

I trust your cat is OK LillianSmile

An old article from 2002

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 7:21PM
A superb capture of this Ashy Faced Barn Owl. I used to see one many years ago when I lived in Northumberland.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
20 Aug 2013 7:36PM
What a beautiful and unusual looking owl Lillian, I remember seeing him pictured on here once before
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
20 Aug 2013 7:50PM
You clearly had a good day Lillian!! Nice images!!
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 7:51PM
Lovely capture Smile

JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 8:03PM
A super owl shot; he's gorgeous.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 8:32PM
Appealing owl shot, not sure about V2/3Wink
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
20 Aug 2013 8:59PM
A superb capture Lillian...what a beautiful owl
johnlw 11 1 10 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 9:14PM
A super set of images.
Regards John.
Mike_Smith Plus
10 486 1 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 9:46PM
20 Aug 2013 10:33PM
Great shots Lillian. Hope Cassie is Ok. Cathy
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 10:46PM
Wonderful close up detail Lillian - good catch light in eye.
21 Aug 2013 10:06AM
Great shot of a unusual bird.Smile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
21 Aug 2013 6:54PM
It's weird what photographs can do. When V3 opened up I found myself breaking into this huge smile Grin LOVE that shot. Both the gents look like really nice people, actually.

Now that's a very beautiful and interesting looking owl, Lillian. SUPERB angle you've caught him from too.

What a great shot Smile

Myathebirdwatcher999 Junior Member 5 8 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 9:03PM
Brilliant shots!!

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 10:08PM
I've never seen one with a black face before...
21 Aug 2013 10:11PM
Beautiful Lillian.... see you soonWink
Julie xx
22 Aug 2013 10:24AM
A new one to me too Lillian.

bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2013 8:27AM
Well captured Lillian a super shot SmileSmile
moiral 8 12 Scotland
24 Aug 2013 9:00AM
Never seen one like this before Lillian.
Well captured set of shots.
Ayoob 7 Australia
24 Aug 2013 9:11AM
Great set of images , Lillian....Grin
Bravdo 10 17 2 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2013 1:54PM
Another fine capture Lillian Of V1, again not one I have seen before.

FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
24 Aug 2013 2:50PM
Lovely image of this uncommon species Lillian, great detail particularly on the head,
1 Sep 2013 9:51AM

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