Short-Eared Owl going in for the kill, Hawling 2015
The Short-eared Owl's plumage is buff with dark brown blotches and its short ear tufts are not often visible. The tail is boldly marked with four bars. Their eyes are yellow surrounded with black patches that give it a glaring stare. The hooked bill is horn coloured. The legs and feet are feathered.
In flight, the undersides of the wings show black wing tips, white trailing edges and a distinctive dark carpal patch (about half way along the leading edge of the wing) that is more prominent than in the Long-eared Owl.
Unlike the Long-eared Owl, the Short-eared Owl can often be seen hunting low over moor land and marshes during the daytime or sitting on the ground in a much less upright posture than other owls.