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June 23, 2010
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Hobgoblin by Flash-and-Flair Hobgoblin by Flash-and-Flair
A common barn owl.
The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is the most widely distributed species of owl, and one of the most widespread of all birds.

Tyto alba is nocturnal as usual for owls, but it often becomes active shortly before dusk already and can sometimes be seen during the day, when it relocates from a sleeping place it does not like.

This is a bird of open country such as farmland or grassland with some interspersed woodland, usually below 2,000 m ASL but occasionally as high as 3,000 m ASL in the tropics. This owl prefers to hunt along the edges of woods. It has an effortless wavering flight as it quarters pastures or similar hunting grounds. Like most owls, the Barn Owl flies silently; tiny serrations on the leading edges of its flight feathers help to break up the flow of air over its wings, thereby reducing turbulence and the noise that accompanies it.

It hunts by flying low and slowly over an area of open ground, hovering over spots that conceal potential prey. They may also use fence posts or other lookouts to ambush prey. The Barn Owl feeds primarily on small vertebrates, particularly rodents.

Hobgoblin is one of the many other names by which it is known.

Oh, and it is beautiful!!

PP: levels, textures
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Ashigama Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Great photo. I love owls! I think barn owls have the sweetest faces.
Flash-and-Flair Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Thanks a lot, and I totally agree with you!!
In-the-picture Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:camera: I`ve featured this dev here [link] :wave:
Flash-and-Flair Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Thank you so very much, I am honoured!!!
In-the-picture Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconflowerdanceplz: Love it :iconflowerdanceplz:
Flash-and-Flair Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
bdimag Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Beautiful bird. Beautiful face and coloring. I love your final results with the textures you add.
Flash-and-Flair Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Thanks a lot!!
realta-eireann Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
It's Miss Jess!! :love: isn't she beautiful. Love the PP on this one!
Flash-and-Flair Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
She certainly is beautiful!! I loved watching her so closely!!!
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