12/17/2009

Owl hunting

This incredible video details all the special adaptations that owls use to hunt even when they can't see their prey.  Boy would I love to see a Great Gray Owl!

6 comments:

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

That's a very, VERY cool video.

Owlman said...

Incredible video Lynne! Owls never cease to amaze me....

chilibean said...

Fascinating, esp. how the owl's eyes/face stay locked onto the sound while it flies around the trees and while hovering. Love this stuff!

Owlman said...

I couldn't agree more Chilibean. The more I learn about owls the more fascinated I become.

Beverly said...

Awesome, Owlman...thank you SO much for sharing. I plan to steal it.

LOL I just posted my first bit on Owls (I'm reading the fascinating new book by Scott Rashid re: small owls). This clip not only explains a great deal regarding the importance of the facial disks, but also mentions yet another reason for the special fringed wing-headers.

I just assumed quiet flight was so an owl could surprise it's prey...but just learned it is also imperative not to 'loose' track OF that prey, either.

COOL...and thanks again!
Beverly

Owlman said...

Hi Beverly,
Glad to hear you enjoyed it, feel free to steal it ;-) I'll have to check out the book. I got Wesley the Barn owl for Christmas so I need to get reading!
All the best,
Owlman.