Barn Owl by fishers

Barn Owl

Another shot from the birds of prey display in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, hidden behind the shops in Goodramgate, in the centre of York.

The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is the most widely distributed species of owl, and one of the most widespread of all birds, being found almost anywhere in the world except polar and desert regions, Asia north of the Alpide belt, most of Indonesia, and the Pacific islands.

It is a pale, long-winged, long-legged owl with a short squarish tail. Generally a medium-sized owl, there is considerable size variation across the subspecies. The Barn Owl measures about 25–50 cm (9.8–20 in) in overall length, with a wingspan of some 75–110 cm (30–43 in). Adult body mass is also variable, ranging from 187 to 800 g (6.6 to 28 oz), with the owls closer to the tropics being generally smaller.

The light face with its heart shape and the black eyes give the flying bird an odd and startling appearance, like a flat mask with oversized oblique black eyeslits, the ridge of feathers above the bill somewhat resembling a nose.

More information about Barn Owls from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_Owl

Ian
Fav. Another super capture.
August 29th, 2013  
Another really sharp shot of this wise old bird!!
August 29th, 2013  
beautiful shot, Ian. good detail, focus and such great information. fav.
August 29th, 2013  
WoW!!!! Awesome capture, beautiful!!!
August 29th, 2013  
A very beautiful pic. of this beautiful owl and an interesting info to it.
Thanks for the link
August 29th, 2013  
stunning catch!
August 29th, 2013  
Fav. What a fantastic capture. Just beautiful.
August 29th, 2013  
A fav from me, what a great capture :)
August 29th, 2013  
Great shot and interesting info
August 29th, 2013  
Bob
Nice shot. Looks friendly.
August 29th, 2013  
Perfect capture and your hallmark description. Fav
August 30th, 2013  
@thresheg

Thank you Graham, and thank you for the fav!

Ian
August 30th, 2013  
@dolphin

Thank you Molly - they really do have that look of wisdom.

Ian
August 30th, 2013  
@catsmeowb

Thank you Camille, and thank you for the fav!

Ian
August 30th, 2013  
@monkeykid

Thank you Therese, they really are beautiful birds.

Ian
August 30th, 2013  
@pyrrhula

Thank you Ferry, glad you like it.

Ian
August 30th, 2013  
@colie

Thank you Colie, glad you like it.

Ian
August 30th, 2013  
@witchyjacq

Thank you Jacqui, and thank you for the fav!

Ian
August 30th, 2013  
@pixiemac

Thank you Sarah, and thank you for the fav!

Ian
August 30th, 2013  
@purplehaze12

Thank you Hazel, glad you like it

Ian
August 30th, 2013  
@bobhuegel

Thank you Bob - not sure I would want to be too close though!

Ian
August 30th, 2013  
@tonydebont

Thank you Tony, and thank you for the fav!

Ian
August 30th, 2013  
What an amazing shot! Love how he stands out against the background.
September 1st, 2013  
Fab shot, great detail, love it!
September 1st, 2013  
@helixconcepts

Thank you Laura, glad you like it!

Ian
September 3rd, 2013  
@gillg

Thank you Gill - they are such beautiful birds to get a shot of.

Ian
September 3rd, 2013  
Beautiful shot of this wonderful owl.
September 4th, 2013  
Favorite! Barn owls are very special! They are my favorite kind of owl and this is a perfect photo of one! I've heard they are disappearing in the States because of loss of habitat (barns). Very sad. :(
September 5th, 2013  
@gamelee

Thank you Lee, glad you like it!

Ian
September 6th, 2013  
@juliedduncan

Thank you Julie, and thank you for the fav! I agree, these are beautiful birds, but living in the city I don't get to see them too often. Did you see my shot of an Eagle owl? - http://365project.org/fishers/365/2013-08-27. I was quite pleased with him too!

Ian
September 6th, 2013  
They have such interesting faces and their feathers always look so soft.
September 9th, 2013  
@kjarn

Thank you Kathy - I agree, they are beautiful birds!

Ian
September 9th, 2013  
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