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long eared owl? (Harrogate, UK)

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Old Sunday 2nd August 2020, 16:14   #1
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long eared owl? (Harrogate, UK)

walking from Harlow Carr gardens through the woods back to Harrogate on Friday afternoon (very hot), spotted this owl in a hollow in an ash tree on the edge of the woods, no binoculars and this phone photo is the best I have, my guess is a long eared owl ... any thoughts on what it might be?
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Old Sunday 2nd August 2020, 16:35   #2
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Tawny owl.
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Old Sunday 2nd August 2020, 16:40   #3
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reminded me of Basil Brush!!!

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Thanks @stevo.
Are you able to tell from the wonderful photo, or is it as much to do with location/behaviour?
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both, typical rest at treewhole, a LEO would not sit in the entrance of the cavity, but also these white eyebrows
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Typical blotchy rufous tones too?
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