BIRDS 57 – URAL OWL: ONE TO WATCH CAREFULLY

 

 

Ural Owl
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Ural Owl at the International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP), Newent, Gloucestershire; 2 July 2014.

A blank expression, if owls have expressions, but certainly alert.  And a medium-sized owl, a little larger than our Tawny, motionless and regarding me passively from a high perch in a shaded cage at the end of a long line of cages.

And yet this is the one to watch, the one with a reputation for ferocious attacks upon those intruding into its nesting area.  Google “ural owl attack” and you will see footage of attacks on humans, and mention of some being blinded in Finland.  And the Collins Bird Guide describes it as very aggressive, telling birders to “keep your eyes fixed on the parents if you stumble on an inhabited nest, and leave area quickly!”.  Not at all what one would expect from the silent and still occupant of that final cage.

There is another image from ICBP here.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 3,200 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4.
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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

11 Responses to BIRDS 57 – URAL OWL: ONE TO WATCH CAREFULLY

  1. Sonali Dalal says:

    He is staring at you!! What a catch!

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  2. How could something so beautiful be so fierce!? I’ll take your word or it. Don’t want to Google and see that gorgeous animal hurting anyone or anything. Have a great week, A. xxx ATP

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  3. Ohh… I want to hear her thoughts!!! Gorgeous photograph!!

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  4. bgallery says:

    Stunning …

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