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cute animals post (not all owls)

Baby animals (tigers, orang-utans) doing what they do best.

Did you see The Return of the Eagle Owl last night? The shots of the owl being intimidated by little baa-lambs were priceless. Too bad someone decided the female needed shooting. The BBC's invariable habit of referring to them as "killer owls which can attack dogs and deer" probably doesn't help ... timscience, this will tell you more about Eagle Owl ears.

Incidentally, I've been poking around for evidence that Eagle Owls eat (dogs and) cats. So far I've found one article in the New Statesman [link], but I'm disregarding it as it misidentifies Harry Potter's owl as an Eagle Owl when it's clearly a Snowy Owl. The Great Horned Owl very occasionally takes cats. There's some evidence that the Milky Eagle Owl (stop sniggering at the back there) eats feral cats in Africa. Then we hit the chatbords, and statements like "EOs are well known to eat cats in Norway" -- not substantiated by any actual reports I can find, though I suppose all the traumatised pet owners may be posting in Norweigan. A lot of the Scottish reports seem to come from one reported incident between two pets -- a terrier and an Eagle Owl. For the record, the dog was briefly lifted off the ground and suffered some scratches. Please go ahead and prove me wrong, but I'm finding no convincing evidence for poor ol' Bubo Bubo snacking on cats -- and strongly suspect that this may be a "fact" easily traced to the wild claims of macho owl-keepers. Another sad post-script -- the owl "sanctuary" featured in that article was later closed following a head-knocking scandal [link].

In summation, I was originally looking for good pictures of Eagle Owls. Oooh, this one's terrifying.

owl macro
owl macro
Yeah, I'm ashamed.


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28th Feb, 2007 16:09 (UTC)
Eagle owls are wonderful. And also very heavy - I had one perched on my arm for while once. With the wings spread out they are spectacular.
28th Feb, 2007 16:19 (UTC)
clearly the best owl
On my owl sanctuary visit I got to hold a Little Owl! Well, I say hold, but you there was hardly any weight at all. It was like a puff of feathers. It still came hurtling across the room for half a mouse, though.
28th Feb, 2007 16:17 (UTC)
That macho owl keeper thing looked like the second half was stolen from that page in Watchmen.
28th Feb, 2007 16:24 (UTC)
Do you mean the scene where Nite Owl fails to get it up for Silk Stocking?

Errr. That's not her name, is it?
28th Feb, 2007 16:38 (UTC)
Re: hmmmm
No, I meant the text page all about owls in the original Nite Owl's autobiog.

Re Macro - "Teh Internets" surely?
28th Feb, 2007 16:38 (UTC)
Re: hmmmm
Silk stocking wasn't her name but should have been.
28th Feb, 2007 16:44 (UTC)
ah right
-- I tend to skip text interludes.

teh? teh?

Can't you see that they met on Guardian Soulmates?
28th Feb, 2007 16:47 (UTC)
Re: ah right
Yes. If I was a luckier person, I'd have met that owl first.
28th Feb, 2007 16:50 (UTC)
That owl is clearly obese and should be put into care.
28th Feb, 2007 17:02 (UTC)
fat owl pride!
It's not obese, it just has big feathers.
28th Feb, 2007 17:39 (UTC)
Re: fat owl pride!
'He won't eat anything but Monster Munch, it's not my fault he has lardy feathers..'
28th Feb, 2007 18:05 (UTC)
Owls are some of the best birds. You must go here:

28th Feb, 2007 18:06 (UTC)
1st Mar, 2007 08:53 (UTC)
Watch the wild herons feeding during
"Heron Happy Hour" at 4.30pm.

1st Mar, 2007 19:19 (UTC)
Re: eee!
They have lots of owls you can get quite close to. A lovely place to visit.
28th Feb, 2007 18:56 (UTC)
Eagle Owls - There was a bloke at the Natural History Museum called Peter Andrews who wrote a whole book about the damage patterns on bones caused by (amongst other things) peckish Eagle Owls. I used to have a copy, but that went off to Southampton when I packed in academia. From memory there were validated accounts of the little dears taking mammals up to the size of Roe Deer as small snackettes, although I suspect that was the exception rather than the rule.

For a while it was very fashionable to have an eagle owl generated assemblage in palaeontology/archaeology. By all accounts the sky must have been filled with ground to air guided cervids at times during the last ice age.
1st Mar, 2007 09:02 (UTC)
"owl assemblage"
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