Adult Long-aeared Owl (subspecies A. o. otus) at Rutland Water, Rutland - November 2009
Featured Subspecies: Asio otus otus
UK GREEN LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
Long eared owls are one of the rarer species of owl in the UK and certainly the most secretive. Your best bet is probably to follow someone else discovery and look for them at a nature reserve where they have been reported as roosting. Keep a respectful distance from the roost and don't go off paths to avoid disturbing them. Photographically, you may, as I have, have to contended with photographing through a thicket producing less than ideal results.
Subspecies: A. o. otus, A. o. canariensis, A. o. tuftsi, A. o. wilsonianus
- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Rare breeding resident (1800-6000 pairs) and rare Winter Visitor
- A single bird seen at Rutland Water in 2009,