Short-eared owl (Asio flammeus galapagoensis) with strom petrel prey.
Tower Island (Genovesa Island)
ECUADOR. South America
ENDEMIC TO GALAPAGOS
One of three raptors found in the islands. This owl is diurnal and most commonly seen hunting in the Storm petrel colony on Tower Island. It hunts on foot, waiting at the entrance to the storm petrels burrows. When it hears a bird inside it lunges its legs and claws inside the burrow to catch its prey. It is a large owl of up to 43 cm in length and nests in thick bushes on the ground. It is found where there are no Galapagos hawks so has no competition for food.