“It rained most of the day. The owls decided to come out when the sun came out, and luck have it the wind was blowing from behind me, it meant the owls were hunting face forward for once,” Dave told BBC Earth.

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Short-eared owls (Asio flammeus) are skilled predators with keen eyesight even in low light conditions and with hearing accurate enough to pinpoint a small mammal in the undergrowth. Unlike other owls, they commonly hunt during the day as well as at dusk.

Owls belonging to genus Asio are known as the ‘eared owls’ as they have tufts of feathers resembling mammalian ears. However, the short-eared owl tufts are so small as to be invisible, except when in a defensive pose.

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