‘Owls’ by John Pusateri, New Zealand.

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Using pencils, charcoal, and pastels artist John Pusateri creates near photo-realistic drawings of beautifully colored owls.
Pusateri currently teaches in the Department of Architecture at Unitec, New Zealand and  has a number of works available through Seed Gall.
owl-4See more from this owl series in his portfolio. (via devid sketchbook, thnx jessica)
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via Colored Owl Drawings by John Pusateri | Colossal.

Desert Tawny Owl discovered in Israel.

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Image credit: © Thomas Krumenacker, www.krumenacker.de.
The newly-discovered species, named the Desert Tawny Owl, belongs to the earless owl genus, Strix.
It is a medium-sized owl, 30 to 33 centimeters long, and weighing 140 to 220 grams.
It resembles the Hume’s Owl (Strix butleri) and the Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) in plumage pattern and proportions.
The species’ scientific name, Strix hadorami, honors Israeli ornithologist and writer Hadoram Shirihai.
“It is a special pleasure to name this bird for Hadoram Shirihai, a much-valued colleague and collaborator for 20 years,” Dr Schweizer and his colleagues wrote in a paper in the journal Zootaxa.
“Although Hadoram’s ornithological interests are staggeringly wide-ranging, his name is arguably particularly synonymous with this wonderful owl of wild places in the Middle East.
He discovered, when still a young boy, a live but poisoned specimen (of the Desert Tawny Owl) in En Gedi, which became the first individual to be held in captivity and is now a skeleton in the Tel Aviv University Museum.”
Read on via Desert Tawny Owl: New Species of Bird Discovered | Biology | Sci-News.com.

Flight of the Barn Owl, Queensland.

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Captured mid-flight with powerful wings braced against the updraft this barn owl (Tyto alba) folds its wings towards it body, ready to land.
Image Credit: Trevor Andersen.
This week’s reader photo was taken by Trevor in Queensland.
“The barn owl (Tyto alba) has the largest distribution of all the species of owl and one of the most widespread of all birds,” says Trevor.
“I was lucky enough to capture this one mid-flight – and in the middle of the day – as they are usually only seen at night.”
Source: AG Reader Photo of the Week – Australian Geographic

Baby Western Screech Owls in Trouble, San Francisco.

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Leaving the nest can be hard — luckily these two baby owls got some human help after their first attempt at flight didn’t exactly pan out.
The fledgling Western screech owls were brought to WildCare, a wildlife rehabilitation center outside of San Francisco.
The babies were brought to WildCare’s animal hospital “after their inaugural flight resulted in one fledgling crash landing on the ground, and the other being attacked by Scrub Jays who are nesting in a neighboring tree,” the group said on Facebook last week.
A checkup determined the little owls were OK, and after a WildCare volunteer went back to the nest to make sure Mom and Dad were still there, the babies were ready to go back home.
Read more via Baby Owls Escape Nest, Run Into Double Trouble.

A Cute Tiny Wet Owl by Tanja Brandt.

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I got “Poldi, our little owl when he was five months old. He didn’t want to come out his egg and he was very small, the smallest.
His six sisters were all hatched, and as he was the last to be born, days after the others, he was very small.
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I also have a Harris Hawk named Phönix, a Weissgesichtseule (see above) named Gandalf, and a snow owl named Uschi,” Tanja Brandt told Bored Panda.
“I think my animals like to be photographed.
Why? Because I am always outside with my camera and with my animals. So we get to walk together, have fun, go on adventures, have little breaks…
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We take some pictures and after the animals can play again as we keep going. I know my animals very well and I can see their state of mind.
If I go out with just one of my animals, the other get antsy and want to be with us. “I’ve always loved animals, since I was a baby, unlike the rest of my family.
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When I was little, I found every sort of pet and then hid it from my parents. I love the beauty, power, loyalty, courage and friendship of animals. Many people could learn from them.
”More info: ingoundelse.de | tier-collagen.de | 500px | Facebook
Source: Cute Tiny Owl Goes Viral So We Interviewed The Photographer (10 Pics) | Bored Panda

The Masters of Disguise.

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Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge
Masters of disguise. The Eastern Screech Owl is seen here doing what they do best.
You better have a sharp eye to spot these little birds of prey.
Location: Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia, USA.

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via Portrait of an Eastern Screech Owl – Traveler Photo Contest 2013 – National Geographic.