|Eurasian Eagle Owl Preparing to fly (to see this image in our gallery click image)|
This is an image of a Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) preparing to fly. This owl is also known as a European Eagle Owl or just as an Eagle Owl. It is one of the largest owls
in the world. They are incredibly beautiful with awesome feather patterns. This Owls talon would easily wrap around a full grown males thumb, not including its talons. Its talons would add about another inch to its talons.
The bird appears to be rather mad in this image, while this is probably not the case the appearance is due to its natural plumage, size and stance as this particular bird prepared to fly.
This owls natural range is Europe and most of Asia. The females of the species are typically larger than the males and the sex of the bird can be determined by observing the ear tufts (the feathers behind the ears). On males, they typically stand straight up while on females they tend to lay down. This specific bird is a female.
Their basic appearance is similar to that of a great Horned owl, however, the eyes are the give away of this species. The great horned owl has dull yellow eyes while the Eagle Owl has orange-ish eyes. Their eyes are somewhat spooky – cool to look at.
There are approximately 22-25 subspecies of the Eagle Owl the subspecies typically are identified by location and colorization of the animals feathers.
The typical lifespan of these raptor birds is 20 years in the wild, while the oldest known tagged bird lived upwards of 27 years. In controlled environments such as aviaries, zoo, and other places of captivity their lifespan is greatly increased. Due to not having any natural predators, they are considered an apex creature. The most dangerous creatures to owls are mankind and non-natural constructions.
Eagle owls are opportunistic hunters. Their prey will range from small and medium-sized mammals to fish. Even though they are a raptor bird and prefer live food owls, including the eagle owl fly quite slow. This makes them more apt to hunt at night where they can not be so readily seen by the creatures they hunt.
For those who are just getting into photographing birds, I will give you a tip that not many will share. The tip is this, right before a bird prepares to fly it defecates. Losing a couple extra grams right before it takes off aids the bird in establishing flight. If you are attempting to capture images of a bird in flight or beginning to fly wait for it to take care of its bodily functions while you are viewing it through your lens and get ready its about to take off.
The eagle owl is ranked by conservation groups as of least concern throughout most of its range.
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