Yeah, but I would say the short eared owl is an exageration... I don't see any ears at all! I think it's still a good shot. I'd be tempted to stylize just a touch in photoshop but I'm not the photographer that you are. So I guess I should post one I did stylize. Anyway I am certainly glad I decided to you. You're the best.
"Ears" is just an illusion wih Owls. The actual ear is buried under the feathers. The tufts that are seen on Long Eared. Eagle Owl, Great Horned etc are purely there for camoflague to break up the head outline, and have no connection with the physical act of hearing.