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Monday, 3 December 2012

Tawny Owl

A surprise at the Pullens artists open winter studio, a group of owls.  What is the collective name for a group of owls?  

They are all rescued owls, given up or abandoned when their new owners realised how much work is involved in keeping an owl as a pet.  See the hand of the man who is these owls best friend.  This is how they love you, it's just the way they are, very territorial! 
I did learn an interesting thing about owls.  Their eyes are fixed, so although they can zoom in and out they don't have any peripheral sight, hence why they are constantly turning their heads. 

16 comments:

Chris Brown said...

The collective term for a group of owls is parliament which is pretty cool.

An Maliq said...

I do love owls! ;-)

biebkriebels said...

Ha, ha, the comment of Chris made me laugh. Since Harry Potter lots of owls have become a pet unfortunately. They are dumped when it is not like in the book or the movies. Sad.

Adullamite said...

What did they call Barn Owls before there were any Barns....?

Adullamite said...

Lovely picture mind!

Kat said...

Beautiful! Lovely owls!

Sharon said...

I didn't know that about the eyes of owls but, it makes sense. Why do people want to make pets of wild animals and birds? I've been to several shelters where they care for these animals after their owners have found that they can't really be tamed.

Dave said...

Beautiful, and they form a very close attachment to their handlers, so an owl is not just for Christmas.

LONDONLULU said...

I find both photos mesmerizing - they are beautiful animals, but wow, that poor person's hand!

Karine said...

I have always been fascinated by owls, they're such beautiful creatures :)

Anonymous said...

A parliament of owls indeed. The owl is one of my family symbols from my paternal grandmothers side. It's a strong female line...I even have one designed by my daughter tattooed on my upper back.

Nicola.

ohma said...

An owl isnt a pet! Its a wild animal.
Respect him.
Regards.

Stefan Jansson said...

Great birds they are, in the wild that is.

imajoebob said...

@Adullamite: I believe they were called "Lunch."

Jack said...

Owls were never intended to become pets.

Adullamite said...

imajoebob said...
@Adullamite: I believe they were called "Lunch."


Good! :)

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