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A short-eared owl (Asio flammeus) captured here during the day while hunting in an open field in Norway.

Hunting occurs mostly at night, but this owl is diurnal and crepuscular as well as nocturnal. Its daylight hunting seems to coincide with the high-activity periods of voles, its preferred prey. It tends to fly only feet above the ground in open fields and grasslands until swooping down upon its prey feet-first. Its food consists mainly of rodents, especially voles, but it will eat other small mammals such as mice, ground squirrels, shrews, rats, bats, muskrats and moles. It will also occasionally predate smaller birds, especially when near sea-coasts and adjacent wetlands at which time they attack shorebirds, terns and small gulls and seabirds with semi-regularity. Avian prey is more infrequently preyed on inland and centers on passerines such as larks, icterids, starlings, tyrant flycatchers and pipits. Insects supplement the diet and Short-eared Owls may prey on roaches, grasshoppers, beetles, katydids and caterpillars.

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gee231205 Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful owl with great lighting and a wonderful scene too.
Morgan-Lou Jun 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :)
bear48 Jun 7, 2012  Professional
very nice indeed
freddiecruger Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you for sharing the info as well as the picture
Like the other. Superb. There are one or two that live in the massive area of sand dunes during the day on a nearby beach, I've never managed to catch them on camera.
WindInTheCoffeeCup Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful capture.
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