Yesterday I discovered there is a Eurasian Eagle-Owl (Bubo Budo) not far away from my house behind a small church. These big owls are seldom seen but lately you see more of them. Probably due to the great amount of mouses which has to do with the warm winter. This owl is not shy at all so I could make some nice pictures of him (or hers…).

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The Eurasian eagle-owl is a very large bird, smaller than the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) but larger than the snowy owl. It is sometimes referred to as the world’s largest owl, although Blakiston’s fish owl (B. blakistoni) is slightly heavier on average and the great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) is slightly longer on average.[4] The Eurasian eagle-owl has a wingspan of 160–188 cm (63–74 in), with the largest specimens attaining 200 cm (79 in). The total length of the species can range from 65 to 75 cm (26 to 30 in). Females weigh 2.27–4.5 kg (5.0–9.9 lb) and males weigh 1.8–3.5 kg (4.0–7.7 lb).