Great grey owl, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands
Zoo shot of my all-time favorite owl. I'll never tire of repeating the same fun facts about this species:
This huge owl is extremely thin and small, a considerable part of its volume is to protect itself against the cold:
The feather arrangement on its head is shaped like a radar, capable of detecting the sound of even a remote mouse's foot steps.
It has special wing tips that make for a flight (more like a glide) that is sound-free.
The Great Grey Owl or Lapland Owl is a very large owl, distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. In some areas it is also called the Great Gray Ghost, Phantom of the north, Cinereous Owl, Spectral Owl, Lapland Owl, Spruce Owl, Bearded Owl and Sooty Owl.