Friday, January 1, 2010

Great Grey Owl

The Great Grey Owl is an amazing bird. They look huge but are mostly feathers. Their call is a very deep "whoo" and if you have one in your neighborhood, you won't get much sleep because they can and often do call all night.

When we lived in a Provincial Park, we had one across the road from us and I'm not sure what was more annoying, the non-stop "who, who, whooo" or the dog that barked all night, but sleep was hard to come by there.

After listening to it for a few days I kept watch and discovered it was a Great Grey Owl. The best time to see it was right at dusk. Once it settled in a tree it seemed to stay put the rest of the night. I guess it perched there and listened but I always wondered why a bird that was such a silent hunter would call constantly. Surely the mice and other prey heard it and then knew to stay under cover. Wouldn't it have been a better hunter if it was quiet? Or maybe that was just my wishful thinking. It's hard to believe how big they are, you sense more than see this shadow overhead, because you never hear them.

After discovering what was keeping me awake most nights I drew a picture and entered it into an art show. I was in Manitoba and being it was their provincial bird was very honored to have a government representative purchase my picture for their permanent traveling art show.

Great Grey Owl Sculpture photosculpture

1 comment:

  1. This is very lovely. Your work is obviously heartfelt.

    I added you to my blog and I think your blog looks great...:)

    Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by.
    Best wishes,


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