Long-eared Owl Asio otus (prev. Strix otus)

Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
The Long-eared Owl is native to much of Eurasia and North America. Many thanks to Alexandra Makhnina for the photos of the Long-eared Owl above and most of those below, taken by her in Kazakhstan.
Long-eared Owl juvenile
Long-eared Owl juvenile
Long-eared Owl Almaty Kazakhstan
A juvenile with horizontal rather than vertical chest bars. The "Long Ears" are often laid flat on the head, leading to confusion with the similar Short-eared Owl. In addition to having longer "ears" (tufts of feathers that aren't really the bird's ears) than the Short-eared Owl, the Long-eared has deep orange irises rather than yellow.
Long-eared Owl adult Like most owls, its cryptic colouring blends with tree branches.
Long-eared Owl It spends much of the day and night sleeping.
Long-eared Owl with ears flattened With "ears" flattened.
Long-eared Owl "Ears" raised.
Long-eared Owl Juvenile in UK
Long-eared Owl in clover Juvenile - in clover!