Photograph by Etienne on Flickr
Even owls can have bad days! This baby owl has a feather sticking out and doesn’t look too pleased about it.
Owls, birds of the order Strigiformes, include about 200 species of mostly solitary and nocturnal birds of prey typified by an upright stance, a large, broad head, binocular vision and binaural hearing, and feathers adapted for silent flight.
Great grey owls perch on relatively low tree branches, making them a photographer’s dream.
This particular owl and another juvenile in the area were quite dedicated hunters and would search for mice and voles in the dry grass and meadows, swooping long and low before gliding back up to a suitable perch.
It was seemingly unfazed by human presence and would stare right into the camera often both during flight and while scanning for prey from the pine branches.
Image Credit: Photograph by Jennifer Rogers. All Rights Reserved.
Photo: Brendan Sheean says powerful owls were classified as apex predators and mainly hunted tree-dwelling mammals. (ABC News: Adrienne Francis)
Bird enthusiasts are in a flutter after a rare sighting of Australia’s largest owl, the powerful owl, spotted devouring ringtail possums and sulphur-crested cockatoos in a suburban Canberra park.
The owl has taken up long-term residence in Haig Park near the CBD, and bird watchers from across the country and even overseas have flocked to catch a glimpse of it.
“It is classified as an apex predator, so what they will do is hunt a variety of food, mainly tree-dwelling mammals,” National Zoo and Aquarium senior keeper Brendan Sheean said.
Photo: Brendan Sheean said powerful owls were classified as apex predators and mainly hunted tree-dwelling mammals. (ABC News: Adrienne Francis)
Canberra Ornithologists Group (COG) member Terry Bell said the big predator had been caught on camera devouring sugar gliders and feathery cousins, like Canberra’s emblem bird the gang-gang cockatoo.
Source: Bird enthusiasts flock to see Australia’s largest owl devour ringtail possums, sulphur-crested cockatoos in suburban Canberra park – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)