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Old Sep 4, 2013, 3:02 PM   #1
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An unusual bird not normally found in the states. This European Eagle Owl is a rescue owl at the Tampa Zoo. This one is even bigger than the Great Horned Owls found in the wild over here.

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Old Sep 4, 2013, 6:06 PM   #2
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G'day Steven

Wonderful clear eyes - could say "just like my missus" - cept she wouldn't like the comparison

I'm curious - how would an euro bird end up in Tampa?

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OMG, beautiful Steve.
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Gidday Steve

Lovely shots of a beautiful bird. What else can one say?
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WOW Steven, it is a beautiful bird & BIG too.

I've never seen one, nor a photo of one before this, I will look to learning more.

Thanks for sharing this.
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He looks mad too. Are the ears cocked back like that normally? Kind-of reminds me of the p'd off look my cat used to give me with the ears back.
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Thank you very much for looking and for your nice comments, Phil, James, John, Bob. and Greg.

Phil: that is a good question, but I did not find any information about how this bird came to be at the zoo. They brought him out as part of a bird display show, and described the species etc, but did not mention how he came to be acquired by the zoo.

Greg: His "ears" stayed like that the whole time he was out, including when he was eating his treat. So I kinda think that is his natural look.

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GREAT shots Steven
love the Eyes
looks like you were really close to this guy
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Steven, that first one is stunning - one of your best.

Too bad he's an illegal immigrant.

#joke

It may be that his hearing (for night hunting) is so acute that he needs to keep the ears flattened in noisy locations. Cats do that sometimes.

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Steven, that first one is stunning - one of your best.

Too bad he's an illegal immigrant.
#joke

It may be that his hearing (for night hunting) is so acute that he needs to keep the ears flattened in noisy locations. Cats do that sometimes.
LOL I think the zoo obtained a green card for him.
Yep, that is a good point about the ears, could very well be.


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GREAT shots Steven
love the Eyes
looks like you were really close to this guy
Thanks Fred. Yes, I was pretty close, that is a 200mm shot but it is not cropped, that is the actual frame. I got the close shot because the trainer let him loose to fly over the audience and land on a platform at the back not far from where I was sitting. The trainer was demonstrating how silent the wings of owls are when they fly.
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