Male Short-eared Owl in evening light

imageMale Short-eared Owl in evening light- Nikon D200, f5.6, 1/1000, ISO 800, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

The nicknames for Short-eared Owls are many and include Evening Owl, Mouse-hawk, Marsh Owl, Bog Owl and Flat-faced Owl but I just call them Shorties in the field. Short-eared Owls are active both day and night and can be seen hunting low over the ground. They have a floppy almost moth-like flight which often times helps me ID them from a long distance. The males are paler than the females and often have fewer stripes on the breast.

This beautiful male Short-eared Owl in evening light was photographed in the Centennial Valley of Montana several years ago. He appears to be molting.


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  1. Humming Bird Lover May 29, 2014 at 11:05 am


    love this Owl so much color and poise! Great photo. Have a very special time shooting!

  2. Utahbooklover May 28, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Like the tiptoeing Willet you posted yesterday, I like the roomy composition of this inflight image — nice work Mia. Looking forward to more from Montana.

  3. Elephant's Child May 28, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Owls make my heart sing. Thank you so much for starting my day with a song.
    And have a wonderful trip.

  4. Sarah Mayhew May 28, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Nice image! This one is very pale. Have never seen one that pale in CA. I also love Short-eared Owls. We had one on Martha’s Vineyard Island last winter too after being absent for 5 years. Nice to see!

  5. Patty Chadwick May 28, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Great shot! I didn’t realize “all” those birds were the same one…

  6. Montanagirl May 28, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Beautiful shot of the Owl!

  7. Julie Brown May 28, 2014 at 4:25 am

    The feathers do seem to have a soft appearance. Lovely.

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