Saturday, 15 August 2015

Athene noctua

This Little Owl (Athene noctua/Steenuil), I guess it is dad, successfully raised 2 youngsters. The owlets are still tolerated in his territory, but not for long. As soon as one of them appears on its favorite grassland (loaded with worms) he already chases the juvenile bird away. In the early morning he likes to sit on this rooftop to oversee the surroundings of the barn. One of the nice things about owls is that they have clear facial expressions, this is his typical cute look.

* Canon EOS 7D, 500mm/f4; ISO-400, f4, 1/400s; +0.3 stop; bean bag.

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