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Australian animals - The Australian Barn Owl

Posted by : Helen : (is currently photographing in, Australia) on 16 October 2014 in Animal & Insect.

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If you have just joined us we are on an Australian animal safari for this series. All these photos were taken at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia. If you would like to return to the beginning of the series click here

This photo is of a pair of Australian Barn Owls. Barn Owls may be found all over the globe. The Australian Barn Owl has distinctive colouring with grey feathers instead of brown. These beautiful birds are rarely seen during daylight hours as they are nocturnal. They glide silently through the forests at night feeding on unsuspecting rodents and marsupials in the understory.

Whilst taking this photo of the female in a hollow log, I was absolutely stunned when a male appeared from the depths of the log behind the female and began mating with her.

- You might like to read a little more about our Barn Owls on the Museum page CLICK HERE
- Or look at this amazing photo of a Barn Owl's lunch on Australian Geographic? CLICK HERE

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/160 second F/4.0 ISO 1250 200 mm

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Marie-France from Angers, France

J'adore ! une photo étonnante et magnifique !*****

16 Oct 2014 7:20am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Wonderful!!

16 Oct 2014 8:17am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

you were there at A DELICATE & INTIMATE time!
well done*

16 Oct 2014 8:34am

Devi from Chennai, India

wonderful capture:)

16 Oct 2014 11:10am

omid from mashhad, Iran

:)
Interesting story!
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W O N D E R F U L !!!!!!

16 Oct 2014 11:15am

rem_la from Villiers, France

joli duo

16 Oct 2014 11:23am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Very cute animals.

16 Oct 2014 11:25am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Wow!! Stunning close-up with incredible clarity!!

16 Oct 2014 6:45pm

Urszula from GdaƄsk, Poland

Unusual for me :)

16 Oct 2014 7:24pm

Steyners from Portland, United States

Superb, .. what beauty ..!

17 Oct 2014 3:29am

Mahdi Monavari from Zanjan, Iran

Very nice shot! Congratulations!

17 Oct 2014 7:04am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh excellent

17 Oct 2014 7:37am

Mop from Wallonie picarde, Belgium

c'est chouette !

17 Oct 2014 7:51am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Such fascinating birds ... a super shot!

19 Oct 2014 11:24pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Delightful !! Excellent portrait of these elegant and spectacular creatures !

3 Nov 2014 11:09pm

This image has been featured in 2 Remix collections.

J'aime chez vous 5 by Marie-France

Fabulous creatures by Josep