Locally known as “Catty Faces”, these charming owls are often seen in the early evening around the agricultural areas of Orkney.
With mottled brown bodies, Short Eared owls are a medium size bird. The distinctive yellow eyes with the outer rim of wite feathers make this owl easy to spot.
Often found hunting during the day, it has a steady supply of rhodents including the common Orkney Vole.
They are on the amber list of endangered species.
The Orkney islands are a regular haunt for bird watchers and this owl is top of many peoples’ list.
Visit the RSPB website to discover more about this striking bird.