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The impressive wing span of the European Eagle Owl, my favourite owl.

Larry Bliss from United States 24 Jul 2014, 01:00
did you wash your hands? smile
Pauline Bajic: But of course, Larry!

Ayush Basu from Singapore 24 Jul 2014, 03:38
everything is impressive about this bird, Pauline
Pauline Bajic: They are so beautiful, Ayush. It's the eyes that really get you, enormous and bright orange.

Chris from England 24 Jul 2014, 06:26
A wee bit bigger than our own native species - fine shot
Pauline Bajic: We do actually have these in the wild in the UK but their locations are kept secret, Chris. Over 20 years ago I was convinced that I saw one in the area we lived in then. You couldn't really mistake them. The lady who was doing the talk on all the owls said that there were roughly 100 living wild here but the locations were a closely guarded secret. There had been a documentary about them a while ago which disclosed one of the locations and the pair were killed within 48 hours. They are considered a pest by farmers. I told her where I'd seen one and she confirmed that it was one of the areas.

Philine from Germany 24 Jul 2014, 06:59
a fine photo of this moment - I saw such a flight show in Muncaster Castle and also in Germany together with my pupils - it is very interesting - but we were not allowed to touch the owls.
Pauline Bajic: Aren't they beautiful, Philine? It was such an experience to be able to touch them and fly them. They do courses at the sanctuary when you learn the art of falconery.

Lisl from England 24 Jul 2014, 09:11
I can see why this has got to be your favourite, Pauline
Pauline Bajic: He is stunning, Lisl. When you look in their eyes it's magical. Such intelligent birds.

Bill Phillips from England 24 Jul 2014, 10:23
Magnificent! These days the owls should wash their feathers after touching the humans grin 

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Mary MacADNski from Canada 24 Jul 2014, 11:28
That is a very big wingspan.

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