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The Eurasian Eagle-Owl (Bubo bubo) is a species of eagle owl resident in much of Europe and Asia. It is also one of the largest types of owls.

The Eagle Owl is a large and powerful bird, smaller than the Golden Eagle but larger than the Snowy Owl. It is sometimes referred to as the world's largest owl, but this is actually the Blakiston's Fish Owl, which is slightly bigger on average. The Eagle Owl has a wingspan of 138–200 cm (55–79 in) and measures 58–75 cm (23–30 in) long. Females weigh 1.75-4.5 kg (3.9-10 lbs) and males weigh 1.5-3.2 kg (3.3-7 lbs). In comparison, the Barn Owl weighs about 500 grams (1.1 lbs).

The great size, ear tufts and orange eyes make this a distinctive species. The ear tufts of males are more upright than those of females. The upperparts are brown-black and tawny-buff, showing as dense freckling on the forehead and crown, stripes on the nape, sides and back of the neck, and dark splotches on the pale ground colour of the back, mantle and scapulars. A narrow buff band, freckled with brown buff, runs up from the base of the bill, above the inner part of the eye and along the inner edge of the black-brown ear tufts. The rump and upper tail-coverts are delicately patterned with dark vermiculations and fine wavy barring. The facial disc is tawny-buff, speckled with black-brown, so densely on the outer edge of the disc as to form a "frame" around the face. The chin and throat are white continuing down the center of the upper breast. The whole of the underparts except for chin, throat and centre of upper breast is covered with fine dark wavy barring, on a tawny-buff ground colour. Legs and feet are likewise marked on a buff ground colour but more faintly. The tail is tawny-buff, mottled dark grey-brown with about six black-brown bars. This plumage may vary slightly in different subspecies but is consistently distinctive. Bill and claws are black, the iris is orange (yellow in some subspecies).

mon 24 Oct 2011 14:27
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Andrey Klimachev Andrey Klimachev #1 mon 24 Oct 2011 15:58

This is a very good picture and a story about Eagle-Ow

Александр Ларионов Александр Ларионов #2 mon 24 Oct 2011 17:14

Какой шикарный кадр!!!

Tatyana  Savvateeva Tatyana Savvateeva #3 mon 24 Oct 2011 18:02

Exellent photo, so expressive and dinamic. Such a powerful movement of the wings, such an irresistible look of the golden eyes! ..

Aleksej Patlakh Aleksej Patlakh #4 mon 24 Oct 2011 18:05

Отличная работа!

Anastasya Anastasya #5 mon 24 Oct 2011 18:41

Great shot! The eyes and "face" look great!

Svetlana Yаkimova Svetlana Yаkimova #6 mon 24 Oct 2011 19:20

Wonderful time! What beautiful eyes and purposeful! Beautiful in flight!

Valentin Bondarenko Valentin Bondarenko #8 Sat 29 Oct 2011 11:17

Интересная работа.Нравится!

Berenice Kauffmann Abud  - AFIAP Berenice Kauffmann Abud - AFIAP #9 mon 31 Oct 2011 23:24

Great catch!!!!!
Excellent photo!