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The Long-eared Owl Asio otus is mainly found in conifer woodlands of north-east England, North Wales and Scotland. They also occur in plantations, copses and thick hedges. The orange-brown head feathers and tufts are distinctive with white eyebrows and bright orange eyes. The Long-eared Owl mainly eats small mammals, particularly voles and mice, though it will also take small birds.

Photograph by Ben Hall

About Ben Hall

Ben Hall has gained worldwide recognition as one of Britain's leading professional wildlife photographers. His images are often surprising, always striking and ever striving to awaken people to the diversity of the natural world. He is described by 'Living Edge' magazine as a "passionate and experienced wildlife photographer, with a perfectionists eye for detail"

With a lifelong passion for the natural world, Ben has used his skill in photography to capture many stunning images. He is driven by the need to protect and preserve Britain's last fragile ecosystems, as testified by his work for the RSPB, various Wildlife Trusts and other conservation organisations.

Ben's personal approach to photography lies in the creative art of 'seeing'. His aim is to use his pictures to communicate his personal vision, to generate an emotional response and to excite the viewer's aesthetic sensitivity. He often pre-visualises an image in his mind before setting out to photograph it. To realise this vision by turning it into a photographic image can take weeks, months or even years, and often sees him returning frequently to the same location in an attempt to capture the perfect shot.

All of Ben's photographs are true representations of what he saw, nothing is added which is an important part of his philosophy. Ben's spectacular images have earned him numerous prestigious international awards including over 20 awards in the British Wildlife Photography Awards (including a double category win in 2009), many awarded images in the Windland Smith Rice Awards USA, Geographical Photographer of the Year, a category win in Bird Photographer of the Year and many more.

Ben is a regular photographic and editorial contributor to clients as diverse as BBC Wildlife, Practical Photography, Outdoor Photography, Photography Monthly, Professional Photographer, Digital Photographer, Digital Camera Magazine, Digital SLR Photography, Digital SLR User, Birds Illustrated, Birding (USA), Birdwatch, Living Edge, The Countryman, Cheshire Life, to name but a few.

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