ARCHIVE 242 – URAL OWL: THE ONE TO WATCH
September 3, 2016 11 Comments
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.
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D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 3,200 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4.