Eagle Owl

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Perhaps the most magnificent of European birds, the Eagle Owl is largely nocturnal and is found in mountains and forests with cliffs and rocky areas, usually nesting on cliff ledges. They live for around 20 years although like many other bird species in captivity they can live much longer, perhaps up to 60 years.

Eagle Owls have also been observed living in European cities. Since 2005, at least five couples have nested in Helsinki. In June 2007, an Eagle Owl nick-named 'Bubi' landed in the crowded Helsinki Olympic Stadium during the European Football Championship qualification match between Finland and Belgium. The match was interrupted for six minutes.

Kudos to the fantastic Screech Owl Sanctuary in Cornwall, which does an awesome job in rehabilitating injured owls and raising rare species. If you're in Cornwall, go and support them by paying them a visit.

www.screechowlsanctuary.co.uk/

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  1. Murray 30 34 months ago | reply

    Another beauty Johan,simply stunning.

  2. Pam Stone Art (was GOB) 34 months ago | reply

    Best eyes I have seen,well done.

  3. MeiLover 34 months ago | reply

    Wonderful shot. Love the eyes!

  4. emotiroi auranaut 34 months ago | reply

    great owl portrait! You are a super photographer of insects, too!

  5. sarahtanml 34 months ago | reply

    Nice closeup! It's so nicely framed. I love your closeup and macro shots!

  6. Karm Redland 33 months ago | reply

    Nice photo. I would hate to be this guy or gal's prey.

  7. Mustang Koji 33 months ago | reply

    This is the Elizabeth Taylor of owls. Stunning portrait of one of nature's wonders.

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  9. mau.photo 33 months ago | reply

    vos photos sont magnifiques, je suis fière d'être un nouveau "contact"

  10. ©EpicureanPiranha ~ 33 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot of a wonderful specimen - I love owls.

  11. Eddie 1 33 months ago | reply

    Lovely shot,eddie,

  12. guendaeio (orasoloio) 30 months ago | reply

    fantastico macro ritratto!!!!!!!!!!
    (il gufo è il mio animale preferito ... insieme al gatto!!!)

  13. Desirée' 30 months ago | reply

    I love owl *.*

  14. Livimel 10 months ago | reply

    fantastico

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