nightfly's picture

Owl on moorland.

Observed: 2nd August 2011 By: nightflynightfly’s reputation in Birdsnightfly’s reputation in Birdsnightfly’s reputation in Birds
1 Aug 11 (25)
1 Aug 11 (26)
Description:
Identifications
  •  
    Likely ID
    An Owl (Asio)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 2 People
    • David JardineBirds expert
    • Peadar na BreacPeadar na Breac’s reputation in BirdsPeadar na Breac’s reputation in BirdsPeadar na Breac’s reputation in Birds
  • Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

jhn7's picture

Long-eared owl?

The commonest owl in Ireland I understand.

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

nightfly's picture

Very possibly, I have to

Very possibly, I have to admit my owl knowledge in my own locality is quite limited.

Cathal.

jerebarker's picture

Possibly LE

Long-eared also hunt rough ground adjacent to plantations, so I don't think you could rule Long-eared or Short-eared out from your description.

nightfly's picture

Hi jerebarker, I think it was

Hi jerebarker,

I think it was probably one of those 2 alright. Thanks for comment, I totally agree.

Cathal.

nightfly's picture

Hi Alaine, I completely

Hi Alaine,

I completely understand why you might suggest a barn owl going by the images, the bird appears basically white. It was well into dusk but not so dark that I wouldnt have been able to see its paleness if it was a barn owl. It was very dark looking until the camera flashed and only then did I get a glimpse of its mottled brown colouration.

It was a weird experience but a nice one. The bird seemed to want to get very close.

Cathal.