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Old Friday 24th July 2020, 10:59   #1
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Feather ID help please!

Hi everyone,

I found this feather in a field in Malmo, Sweden a few days ago. The only birds of prey I've personally seen around here are kestrels, but I'm definitely sure there could be more. I'm desperate to know what bird this came from as I can't seem to identify it myself with other images!

It's about 14.5cm long.

Any help at all would be fantastic!

https://i.imgur.com/e0E1rY9.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/0sTBPnc.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/IWcm6PQ.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/F1i9ii3.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/jYDThPJ.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/0zrLgVn.mp4

(Please forgive the little hairs around the place, I have a malamute and she's shedding!)
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Old Friday 24th July 2020, 11:14   #2
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It's an owl - note the 'fluffy' surface of the webs. Probably either Long-eared or Short-eared, but wouldn't like to say which.


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Hi! Do you really think it's an owl feather? That would be amazing!

I'm so sorry, I'm new to feather identification, so can I ask what you mean by "webs"? Now that I look at it though, it is quite soft and fluffy in places, I hadn't noticed that before!

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Yes, definitely an owl! No other birds have such soft feathers - it means they can fly silently and hear perfectly to catch their prey by complete surprise in the dark


The webs are the parts on either side of the main shaft down the middle.
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Oohhh, wow, that's so cool! Thank you so much for helping me with this! I can't believe I found an owl feather I looked up long-eared and short-eared owl feathers and I think it might be the former :) (I'm hesitant to say as I'm so new to this!)
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Old Friday 24th July 2020, 11:57   #6
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agree with Long-eared Owl
http://media.featherbase.info/images...01857_full.jpg
Short-eared has much bolder barring
https://www.featherbase.info/nb/species/Asio/flammeus
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Old Friday 24th July 2020, 12:01   #7
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Oh thank you!! This is honestly fantastic, you guys have made my week ^^
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Next thing to do is go there at dusk and see if you can see the owl
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Definitely!!
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Listen out for the 'squeaky gate' call of hungry juvenile Long-eared Owls ;t:
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:O I will! Thank you!
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