Description The Short-eared Owl, Asio flammeus, is rather unusual in that it is a ground-nesting owl as well as a day-time feeder. It is in the 'true owl' family Strigidae, and in the 'eared-owl' genus Asio. Its species name, flammeus, comes from the appearance of flaming feathers which flow from the top of its body. Its short, ear-like tufts, are not actually ears and are not always visible, though they do aid in the owl's sharp hearing. This species can be seen throughout Britain and in fact has one of the largest distributions of any bird, existing on every continent except Antarctica and Australia.
Tamara Clark, Hampshire, England Member Since May 2011 Artist Statement Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA. As an illustrator she has worked with a range of groups and institutions, including the Smithsonian, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory and TEDx, Woods Hole. Tamara has a BS and MS in Biology/Ecology and was trained in traditional science illustration techniques at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and through the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). She has been an active member of the Guild since 1996 and is a recent President of the New England Chapter of the GNSI.
She also sells her designs at fairs and galleries and enjoys being involved in local creative endeavors. She hopes her illustrations will help to inspire the protection of species and their habitats as much as the creatures she illustrates inspire her.
Tamara lives in a small village near Winchester, UK, with her husband, a scientist at the University of Southampton, and their young daughter. More information and images can be seen on her website www.tamaraclark.com