Short-eared Owl at Prince Phillip’s Steps on Genovesa in Galápagos, EC - Encircle Photos

8 Short-eared Owl at Prince Phillip’s Steps on Genovesa in Galápagos, EC

The Galápagos short-eared owl is an endemic species on Genovesa Island. They are smaller than most owls with a wingspan of 33 to 40 inches. Storm petrels are their favorite prey. Colonies of these seabirds swarm the cliffs at Prince Phillip’s Steps and nest in lava fields. Unlike most owls, this predator hunts during the day. They are difficult for visitors to see because their plumage is perfect camouflage for their environment. Inspect crevices in the lava rocks. Some are littered with feathers and bones from successful hunts. If you are lucky, you will catch a glimpse of this short-eared owl standing near its dining room.

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Great Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island, Galápagos, Ecuador

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