My wife and I did an early morning kayak trip and were the only ones on the river. Saw a pair of these owls perched about 15' up in trees next to the water.
Looked like it might be a juvenile; only about 6-7" tall. It has the longest ears I've seen on a screech owl before.
I've been trying to get a picture of these beautiful animals for 7 years. We've heard them and seen them flying but I haven't been able to photograph then until tonight. Please confirm my identification.
Focal Length 300mm
The first picture is an adult. The second picture is a quite adult looking juvenile that the adult was watching.
Heard calls outside my window at 5:30am. Not 100% certain it was Long-eared, but it was hooting, one hoot at a time, "hoot", long pause, "hoot", etc.
Shot in the dark.
Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g., the Northern Hawk Owl). Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland, and some remote islands. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide...