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Into the eyes of death by Riphath Into the eyes of death by Riphath
...if you are a mouse... =D ... a screech owl at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center.

Screech owls or Screech-owls are typical owls (Strigidae) belonging to the genus Megascops. Twenty-one living species are known at present, but new ones are frequently recognized and unknown ones are still being discovered on a regular basis, especially in the Andes. For most of the 20th century, this genus was merged with the Old World scops owls in Otus, but nowadays it is again considered separate based on a range of behavioral, biogeographical, morphological and DNA sequence data.

Screech owls are restricted to the Americas. Some species formerly placed with them are nowadays considered more distinct. See below for details. The common name "screech owl" is sometimes used for the not closely related Barn Owl as well.

Similar to other owls, the screech owl females are larger than the males of their species. They have a compact size and shape. The screech owls are small and agile. They are about 7 to 10 inches tall and have a wingspan of about 18 to 24 inches. They have prominent, wide-set feather tufts with bright yellow eyes. They have different brownish hues with whitish, patterned underside. This coloration helps them get camouflage against the tree bark. They have well-developed raptorial claws and curved bill. They use them as a tool to tear their prey into pieces that are small enough for them to swallow. They tend to carry their prey to the nest and then eat it.(via Wikipedia)

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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
THis is spectacular! :w00t:
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Riphath Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You!!! :bow::worship:
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work! :)
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Riphath Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
=D
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Chazzier Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Amazing photo.
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Riphath Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
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hexandec Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Fluffy, fluffy adorable little death.  Like a kitten with wings.
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Riphath Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
=D
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AdrianaWentz26 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Muy linda foto :la: :love:
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Riphath Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You!! =D
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AdrianaWentz26 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
De nada :D 
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