Ransuil – Long-eared owl (Asio otus)

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Ransuil (Long-Eared Owl, Asio otus)

On his round yesterday, the mailman told me about a group of Long-Eared Owls (Asio otus), resting in a nearby tree. A truly wonderful sight. The owls looked at me with some curiosity as I was stepping around, trying to get the focus right.

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Ransuil / Long-Eared Owl (Asio otus) observing me.

The legendary aloofness of these great birds is perfectly reflected in this individual. The species is still vulnerable and Asio otus is therefore on the IUCN red List of endangered species with the indication ‘vulnerable’. So I’m very happy to know that these guys have chosen a place to spend a quiet day nearby. I know next to nothing about birds, so I won’t pretend here that I do, and invite you to check out the links.

http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2008/07/08/owls-in-the-netherlands-threatened/

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ransuil

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-eared_Owl

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