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''Heads DOWN''

''Heads DOWN''
Meet Misty, the Great Grey Owl.

The Great Grey Owl or Lapland Owl, Strix nebulosa, is a very large owl, distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. In some areas it is also called the Great Gray Ghost, Phantom of the north, Cinereous Owl, Spectral Owl, Lapland Owl, Spruce Owl, Bearded Owl and Sooty Owl.

Adults have a big, rounded head with a grey face and yellow eyes with darker circles around them. The underparts are light with dark streaks; the upper parts are grey with pale bars. This owl does not have ear tufts and has the largest facial disc of any raptor.

In terms of length, the Great Grey Owl is believed to exceed the Eurasian Eagle-owl and the Blakiston's Fish Owl as the world's largest owl.

The Great Grey is outweighed by those two species as well as several others, including most of the Bubo genus. Much of its size is deceptive, since this species' fluffy feathers, long tail and large head obscure a body lighter than that of most other large owls. The length ranges from 61 to 84 cm (24 to 33 in), averaging 72 cm (27 in) for females and 67 cm (26 in) for males. The wingspan can exceed 152 cm (60 in), but averages 142 cm (56 in) for females and 140 cm (55 in) for males. The adult weight ranges from 700 to 1800 grams (1½ to 4 lb), averaging 1290 grams (2 lb 14 oz) for females and 1000 g (2 lb 3 oz) for males. The males are usually smaller than females, as in most owl species.

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Enjoy the excitement of falconry at the Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, North Yorkshire; with over 70 birds and 30 species. The handler shouts out '' HEADS DOWN'' as the owl comes swooping in from across the field.

Eagles, falcons, hawks, kites, vultures and owls will swoop and dive around you as you sit in a beautiful English garden. The skilled handlers explain why the birds hunt and fly as they do, where they come from in the wild and how they are trained.

Tractacus, Belleuse, Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*, bonsai59 and 33 other people have particularly liked this photo


56 comments - The latest ones
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
******Thank you for your visits, much appreciated.******

******* **Merci de vos visites, très apprécié********
11 months ago.
©UdoSm
©UdoSm
Yes I did it... For heaven's sake.... what attack... ;-))
11 months ago. Edited 11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to ©UdoSm
❀ Thank you so much ❀
11 months ago.
Datkan Anders
Datkan Anders
hihi, looks like my far out cousin, from outer space
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Datkan Anders
❀ Thank you so much ❀
11 months ago.
Krisonteme¸.•*¨
Krisonteme¸.•*¨
Superbe et merci pour le texte explicatif Bonne journée
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Krisonteme¸.•*¨
❀ Thank you so much ❀
11 months ago.
Colin Ashcroft
Colin Ashcroft
Very Scary! I assume it would eat the Owls I saw this morning for breakfast
11 months ago. Edited 11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Colin Ashcroft
❀ Thank you so much ❀
11 months ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
LOL, Excellent, June ************ The title is perfect *******************
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Marie-claire Gallet
❀ Thank you so much ❀
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Marie-claire Gallet
❀ Thank you so much ❀
11 months ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
An excellent image June, thank you for posting to Fur, Fin and Feather.
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Jeff Farley
❀ Thank you so much ❀
11 months ago.
Betty【ツ】
Betty【ツ】
Impressive ! Goog work !
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Betty【ツ】
❀ Thank you so much ❀
11 months ago.
Sonia Roosen
Sonia Roosen
Great moment photo!
Greetings from Belgium
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Sonia Roosen
❀ Thank you so much ❀
11 months ago.
Kama 56
Kama 56
extra en plein vol
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Kama 56
❀ Thank you so much ❀
11 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Interesting information and nice image.
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Jaap van 't Veen
❀ Thank you so much ❀
11 months ago.
Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda
looks like an angry man

great photo
11 months ago. Edited 11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Armando Taborda
❀ Thank you so much ❀
11 months ago.
Nouchetdu38
Nouchetdu38
Very well done, June!!!!!!!!!******************
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Nouchetdu38
тнαηк үσυ sσ мυcн
11 months ago.
Nacer H
Nacer H
Superbe prise June !!
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Nacer H
тнαηк үσυ sσ мυcн
11 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Amazing POV!
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to William Sutherland
тнαηк үσυ sσ мυcн
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to William Sutherland
Thank you William
11 months ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Cracking shot of this fabulous specimen !
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Larry Drummond
Thank you Larry
11 months ago.
Tone
Tone
WOW shot June.
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Tone
Thank you Tone
11 months ago.
Esther
Esther
What a beauty.
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Esther
Thank you Esther
11 months ago.
Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira
Fantastic capture!
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Helena Ferreira
Thank you Helena
11 months ago.
Tess Mc Kenna
Tess Mc Kenna
Stunning action shot of this owl. Well done June regards Tess
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Tess Mc Kenna
Thank you Tess
11 months ago.
J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot
It makes me thing of us, men who believe that they can build better but the only thing we achieve is to spread terror.
Outstanding picture. A favorite, of course.
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to J. Gafarot
Thank you Jose
11 months ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Well caught indeed, June.
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to tiabunna
Thank you George.
11 months ago.
Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx
Formidable prise !
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Josiane Dirickx
Thank you Josiane
11 months ago.
Ernest CH
Ernest CH
Hello Jeune, I am back and many thanks to you for your various visits during my absence
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Ernest CH
Hello Ernest, lovely to see you, hope all is well with you and the family.
Have a great weekend ;-)
11 months ago.
bonsai59
bonsai59
WOW ... This view ... !
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to bonsai59
Thank you Frank
10 months ago.
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
beautiful**************
11 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ has replied to Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Thank you Valeriane
10 months ago.
Belleuse
Belleuse
Funny ... ;-) such a grave "face" . Fast reflex you have , my friend ! I hope - you kept your balance ;- )
8 months ago. Edited 8 months ago.