Original unframed pencil portrait of Long Eared Owl (8" x 12") Price includes FREE First Class UK postage. (Please scroll down for larger image.)
A long-eared owl stares intently from his perch amongst the branches of a tree.
The Long-eared Owl is smaller than a Tawny Owl, but often looks tall and thin when roosting.
Males and females look alike and are predominantly buff-brown with darker brown streaks. The belly is paler with bold streaking and the tail feathers are finely barred. Their eyes are a deep orange, surrounded by golden-buff coloured facial disk feathers, and the hooked bill is blackish. The legs and feet are feathered.
The prominent "ear tufts" are simply feathers that it can raise when alert and have nothing to do with its hearing.
In flight, the undersides of the rounded wings are rather pale looking with a dark carpal patch (about half way along the leading edge of the wing). The wings are longer than a Tawny Owl's and the wing beat deeper and slower - often flapping a few times and then gliding.
This drawing in coloured pencil is from a photograph by the talented Angelina Rijkeboer.