Adorable Owls by Sasi, Thailand.

owl-photography-sasi-smit-25Owls are some of the forests’ most regal, mysterious and graceful models for wildlife photographers.
These photos by a photographer in Bangkok, Thailand who goes by Sasi Smith show the many different faces of these ferocious, silent hunters.
Sasi is a very prolific photographer, and he doesn’t just shoot owls – he has quite a lot of bird photography under his belt as well, especially of parrots.
Owl photography can be difficult, especially because of their amazing camouflage!
When someone as talented as Sasi gets it right, however, the results can be amazing; here are some more majestic owl photos that we’ve featured on Bored Panda!
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Owl on a Mission in Canada.

A wild short-eared owl completes a shoulder check in case something was missed.
Image Credit: Photograph by Henrik Nilsson
Northern harriers were also hunting in the field and these raptors will often steal a kill from the owls.
Location: Boundary Bay, British Columbia, Canada.
Photo and caption by Henrik Nilsson/National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest

Zeus, a Blind Owl with Stars in his Eyes.

One morning, someone in Southern California found an injured owl on their porch. It turned out to be a blind Western Screech Owl with eyes that look like a starry night.
After a visit to the vet, the owl found a new permanent home at the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, California.
He was named “Zeus” after the Greek god of sky and thunder because of his stunning eyes.
Zeus was injured when he was found on that front porch in South California, but the dedicated team of animal lovers at the center helped him on his feet again.
Since he was blind, they couldn’t simply release him back into the wild, so he now lives in a trunk on the filing cabinet next to the Wildlife Learning Center founder Paul Hahn’s desk.
Read more via Meet Zeus: The Rescued Blind Owl With Stars In His Eyes | Bored Panda.

The Buffy Fish Owl by Mukherjee.

Buffy fish owls are found from South Burma and central India to the south east and east of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam peninsula, Thailand, the Malay Peninsula, the Riau Archipelago, Sumatra Brunei, Cocos Islands, Indonesia down to Java, Bali and Borneo.
Image Credit: Photograph by Partha Mukherjee.
Source: Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #77 – National Geographic Society (blogs)

‘Owls’ by Brad Wilson.

Photographer Brad Wilson specialises in studio portraits of wild animals, from birds to primates to the diverse wildlife of the African safari.
His book Wild Life includes these portraits of different types of owls which were found at two wildlife sanctuaries and were recovering from various injuries
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Great horned owl
 Western screech owl
See more Images via Studio portraits of owls – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian.

The Giant Snowy Owl.

project-snowstorm-3dcb9a3a7ecf686bby Rosemary Parker
A snowy owl named Prairie Ronde has become the latest addition to Project SNOWstorm, a collaborative effort to track the giant raptors that have descended into Michigan in recent winters from their typical home in the tundra.
Once a rare sight, the birds have begun to move into northern states, including Michigan and Wisconsin, and states in the Northeast. They sometimes create a dangerous nuisance on airports, where they like to perch to watch for mice and voles across the open expanse that may resemble the tundra to them, said Rich Keith of the Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory.
The large birds, with wingspans of up to five-and-a-half feet, can interfere with flights.
Her transmitter was funded by donations to Project SNOWstorm, a study of the birds’ movements.
Last year 22 snowy owls were fitted with transmitters, four in Wisconsin and the rest in the Northeast.
This year, Michigan joined the effort, with transmitters for birds trapped in the Upper Peninsula, Grand Rapids and Saginaw.
Last year far more than usual of the birds were sighted in Michigan, and at first scientists thought it might be due to a food shortage in the north.
Abundant lemmings, a food source there, led to lots of young birds hatching the summer before last, and the reasoning was that perhaps those young birds were forced to fly far out of their way to successfully compete for food when winter came, Keith said.
Snowy owls can lay up to eight eggs, and raise all off the nest when there is an abundant lemming population, Keith said.
But where they travel and when has been somewhat of a mystery, and the transmitters may shed some light. Keith said the hope is to learn more about how the owls are using wintering habitat, where are they coming from, and what kind of habitat and food are they looking for.
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