Wednesday Wings – Short-eared Owls

Posted by Dan Arndt

Last Saturday evening I made a quick trip to Frank Lake and managed to find a pair of Short-eared Owls displaying and posing in the late day sun.

male Short-eared Owl

male Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl in flight

female Short-eared Owl

female Short-eared Owl

female Short-eared Owl

female Short-eared Owl

male Short-eared Owl

male Short-eared Owl

male Short-eared Owl calling in flight

male Short-eared Owl calling in flight

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5 thoughts on “Wednesday Wings – Short-eared Owls

  1. These gender identities are tentative, but no one I sent the photos to seemed to disagree. There’s a lot of variation within the species, but males tend to be pale in the facial disk and on the belly/breast, while females have a much darker reddish or rusty color to the facial disk and belly. Some are very pale rusty (as in the female I have here), but others are a deep maroon or ochre, from what I could find on the web. It’s also quite possible that these are two males, but I’m not certain of that, given the behaviour I observed as well.

    – Dan

  2. OK, thanks for clarification. I am not familiar with this species but I guess it is similar to Long-eared Owls where gender identification is only possible based on courtship calls. – best regards Thomas

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