Two Owls, emerging at twilight with Harrier-like flight characteristics. Round facial disc with dark triangular eye-patches expanding to the sides from the eyes.
Barking in aspen grove in sage-steppe below Bush Rim, 2 AM, half moon now out of clouds; looked small for its kind
Seen among sagebrush along a high bank.
San Diego County, California, US
The Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) is a species of typical owl (family Strigidae). In Scotland this species of owl is often referred to as a cataface, grass owl or short-horned hootlet. Owls belonging to genus Asio are known as the eared owls, as they have tufts of feathers resembling mammalian ears. These "ear" tufts may or may not be visible. Asio flammeus will display its tufts when in a defensive pose. However, its very short tufts...