Short Eared Owl

Could this handsome creature be anything other than a Short Eared Owl?

Surprised to see it at all but it obliged by sitting in the same place for about half an hour at 0900 hrs until the light improved sufficiently to let me get this shot.

Our cat was intrigued - sat watching with us until she could resist not longer then out she went - took the long way round - and the owl took flight to be replaced by a disappointed feline!

  • Welcome to the community Ray.

    That's a beauty.

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  • Hi Ray and a warm welcome from me too.      What a beautiful photo and bird,   looks like a short-eared owl - what a fabulous bird to have visit your garden and hope it returns so we can enjoy more photos !   good luck.     

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    Regards, Hazel 

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  • A lovely bird to find in the morning. Just as well your cat remained disappointed in case the owl wants to come back and pose some more  

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Congratulations Ray. That's a cracking bird to have in the garden.

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    Regards,Tony

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  • What a fab bird to have in the garden. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    Thank you - really good to know that folks share our joy at such a sighting!