Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"Barn Owl" - Photo of the Day - May 25th, 2010

Barn Owl - Photo of the Day - May 25th, 2010
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"Barn Owl"

A white-faced barn owl stares back from it’s perch in the eaves of an old barn. This fellow seemed completely undisturbed by our presence.

Captured in rural Ontario, near Orillia, Ontario Canada.

Common barn owls are an endangered species in Ontario, despite having among the widest distribution of any bird in the world. They are often known by other names, some of them rather ambiguous. They often refer to the appearance, habitat or the eerie, silent flight: White Owl, Silver Owl, Demon Owl, Ghost Owl, Death Owl, Night Owl, Rat Owl, Monkey-faced Owl, Church Owl, Cave Owl or Stone Owl.
It is believed that many of the ghost stories in Europe originated from the ghost like appearance, eerie screech, and silent flight of the barn owl.

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