Owl Picture -- Animal Wallpaper -- National Geographic Photo of the Day

Owl Picture -- Animal Wallpaper -- National Geographic Photo of the Day

Great gray owl. NICOLAE'S brother Vikirnoff, keeps the form of an owl most the time because he is so close to turning vampire. Introduced in Dark Destiny

Great gray owl. NICOLAE'S brother Vikirnoff, keeps the form of an owl most the time because he is so close to turning vampire. Introduced in Dark Destiny

Great Grey in Cattails by Rick Dobson Great Grey Owl hunting along the rivers edge on a snowy day

Great Grey in Cattails by Rick Dobson Great Grey Owl hunting along the rivers edge on a snowy day

Great Grey Owl - by Rick Dobson♦ A large, reclusive predator. Plunge marks in the snow are usually the only evidence for its presence. Distinctive extra-large facial disks direct sound to feather covered ear openings, providing super-sensitive hearing. This enables the great grey owl to accurately locate prey, even under two feet of snow or in a tunnel. With soft feathers, it can glide unheard from its perch to dispatch an unfortunate rodent with its sharp talons. (Look at those feet!)

Great Grey Owl - by Rick Dobson♦ A large, reclusive predator. Plunge marks in the snow are usually the only evidence for its presence. Distinctive extra-large facial disks direct sound to feather covered ear openings, providing super-sensitive hearing. This enables the great grey owl to accurately locate prey, even under two feet of snow or in a tunnel. With soft feathers, it can glide unheard from its perch to dispatch an unfortunate rodent with its sharp talons. (Look at those feet!)

The Great Grey Owl does not have ear tufts and has the largest facial disc of any raptor.

The Great Grey Owl does not have ear tufts and has the largest facial disc of any raptor.

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