Wordless Wednesday 2013 #51 - Ural Owls

I'd never encountered a Ural Owl until I saw this pair at the Salina Bird Park in Malta a couple of months ago. These sleepy looking birds are deceptively fierce and quite large, with a wingspan of around 4ft, and prey on small mammals including hares, and birds, frogs and insects. Ural owls are apparently quite common in the Ural mountain forest region from Eastern Scandinavia across the Baltic to Japan. So now you know!

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