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The Wild Beauty of the Wise, Old Owls

The sounds of the owl are synonymous with nighttime, and these nocturnal birds are often associated with great wisdom, but also as bad omens. These birds of prey are actually very effective in rodent control, keeping fields clear of mice and other pests. This is one of the reasons why photographer Brad Wilson chose to explore their beauty up close, with incredible results.

1. Eastern Screech Owl

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2. Western Screech Owl

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3. Burrowing Owl

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4. Eurasian Eagle Owl

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5. Great Horned Owl

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6. Barn Owl

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7. Northern Pygmy Owl

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8. Flammulated Owl

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9. Spectacled Owl

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10. Tawny Owl

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11. Long-Eared Owl

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H/T: boredpanda.com
 
BONUS: Enjoy a compilation of adorable owl moments!
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