Ready for a sleep? Dozy long-eared owl chick lets out a huge yawn as it perches on tree branch at sunrise
- Wayne Havenhand captured the photos of the sleepy owl at a nature reserve
- The long-eared, mid-yawn owl seems to be almost glowing in the morning sun
- The owl chick is a day or two old, but has already developed adult plumage
This adorable photo shows a dozy owl mid-yawn as it perches on a tree branch at sunrise.
Wayne Havenhand captured the photos of the sleepy owl on Monday morning at a nature reserve near Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire.
The long-eared owl seems to be almost glowing in the morning sun as its mouth stretches wide, after a nights flying around with its mother and siblings.
Wayne Havenhand captured a lovely photograph of an owl mid-yawn on Monday morning at a nature reserve near Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire
The owl chick is probably no more than a few days old, but has recently developed some adult plumage
The long-eared owl is a medium-sized owl, smaller in dimensions than a woodpigeon. It often looks long and thin, with head feathers (known as ear tufts, even though they truly are not ears) which it raises when alarmed.
It is buff-brown with darker brown streaks and deep orange eyes.
It breeds thinly throughout the UK with fewer birds in the south-west and Wales. Northern birds migrate southwards, including birds from Europe arriving at spend the wintertime in the UK, while southern birds are residents and only move short distances to locate food.
The owl chick is probably no more than a few days old, but has recently developed some adult plumage.
Wayne, 53, was ‘over the moon’ with the owl sighting as adult long-eared owls are believed to be ‘the most elusive owls in the country’, that he said.
The building company site manager, from Bedlington, Northumb, said: ‘It was just fantastic, to have a photo like that. It’s like gold dust.
‘You very rarely see an adult long-eared owl, because they’re so shy and elusive.
‘But this 1 was just a youngster – probably about three or four days old – and was totally unfazed by me being there.
‘I kept creeping closer and closer to it, and moving round to recapture it from different angles.
‘Then it yawned, and I couldn’t help but laugh to myself I had a friend with me who joked that the owl seemed bored to be photographed.’
Wayne added that he returned to the type reserve on Tuesday morning to try and get another glimpse of the owl chick and its family but, whilst he could hear them, he failed to see them again.