I went to the city of Bristol this afternoon to visit and catch up with a couple of birding friends that I hadn't seen for quite some time. Bristol isn't my most favourite place to visit, too big and sprawling for me, but after a short chat, we decided to try and see an Eagle Owl that has been roosting in the centre of Bristol for several months. As you can see, we did manage to find it in it's favourite roosting tree. Eagle Owls are resident in much of Europe. Recently they have bred in the north of England which has caused some controversy as they are blamed for taking cats and small dogs on occasion. They are Europe's largest Owl at between 60-73 cms (24 - 30 inches). I included this photo to show their fearsome talons! I wouldn't like to be a cat in this district of Bristol! While we watched, it did open its eyes briefly, but we were about an hour away from dusk so I don't think it was ready to venture out just yet! This is not a tickable species in Britain, but it was amazing to see such an enormous Owl in real life (I'd only ever seen one on television before).