Wildlife Photography Surrey | European Eagle Owl

The European Eagle Owl was once fairly common in Britain. However, as is all too common, the birds became extinct in the wild thanks to human persecution. However this wonderful bird has started to reappear in parts of the UK. Eagle Owls are absolutely enormous, you really have to see one in the flesh to appreciate how huge and potentially aggressive this bird is. It’s quite possible for an Eagle Owl to carry off a small deer or fox such is their strength. European Eagle Owls prey on mammals, mostly rabbits and hares and have been known to hunt on other birds and raptors. This has caused some concern about their reintroduction but with monitoring in place it appears that most of those concerns have (so far) been unfounded. This is one reason why these birds may not be welcome and consequently they may never reappear in significant numbers.

I’m fortunate enough to live about an hour away from the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey and I had the chance at the weekend to create this portrait of Ethel.

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  • Mag D - February 24, 2013 - 6:33 pm

    What a beautiful portrait of Ethel the Eagle Owl, all fluffed up. I have never seen one of these Owls. Thank you.

  • Lindsay - February 24, 2013 - 6:54 pm

    There are some apparently in the wild now – that must be quite a sight if you happen upon one! Otherwise sanctuaries and bird of prey centres may have them. Ethel lives at the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey, along with several other beautiful native owls.

  • Stephen Scharf - February 27, 2013 - 7:53 am

    Wow! Ethel is gorgeous, stunning photo, Lindsay. I’ve never seen an eagle owl, either.

  • Lindsay - February 27, 2013 - 10:17 am

    Thank you Stephen, Ethel it is very beautiful and her talons are big enough and strong enough to crush the skull of a small deer!

  • Alpha Whiskey Photography - October 24, 2013 - 10:18 pm

    Great B+W image.

    I’m a recent convert to the EM5 from my FX Nikon, and love the way it renders all subjects, especially wildlife. Some B+Ws of mine:

    http://alphawhiskey.slickpic.com/photoblog/post/AnimalsWithTheOMD

    Regards,
    AW

  • Lindsay Dobson - October 25, 2013 - 10:25 am

    AW – ovely wildlife shots on your Blog! The system is great for wildlife photography given the crop factor and therefore the reach of many of the available lenses, at a size which enables one to comfortably carry the equipment all day, something I could not do easily with large bodies and lenses.

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