Owls – The Silent Hunters

horned owl eyes

Did you know that owls do not make any noise when they flap their wings? I recently saw some research on this, where scientists measured the sound of different birds flying. With sensitive microphones in a lab, they could measure the noise of a pigeon flying, and that of a hawk as well. But when the barn owl flew, there was almost no sound measurable. It was not heard at all, by human ears. So this means that when the owl flies and hunts, its prey cannot owls flyinghear it.

Owls also glide a lot. This is due to their very large wings. In the short video below, you will see that each wing has a very large width. This is not to be confused with wingspan, which is from wingtip to wingtip. The owl’s large wings, also means it needs to flap its wings fewer times, to cover airspace. Its flight is slow and graceful, and silent!

One final point is that owls are very active at night, and of course have excellent vision. Unliketwo owls eagles and hawks, they mostly fly low to the ground. They have been known to hunt during the day, so don’t be alarmed if you see one flying. Their “hooting” can sound scary but they are mostly just talking to each other. I’ve had an owl fly by my head a few times, when I was in the deep woods, but I believe it was trying to protect its nest. I was not attacked.

Owls are fascinating animals!

 

 

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

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Birds of Prey

Osprey
Osprey

I once saw a Bald Eagle swoop down about 20 feet ahead of my car, coming in from the right, capturing whatever was in the road, and flying up towards the left. It was over in a matter of seconds. Majestic is one word I thought of to describe this bird. He/she was also huge. I had no idea how big they were.

The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird on the planet. The American Kestrel is the smallest bird of prey in our country. If I remember right they are smaller than the blue jay. All of them can see for miles, and whether they look fierce or not so much, they are all beautiful. Here are a few examples.

 

Gyrfalcon
Gyrfalcon
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Tailed Hawk
Red Tailed Hawk

 

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

 

American Kestrel
American Kestrel

 

Omate Hawk Eagle
Omate Hawk Eagle

 

Talons
Talons

 

Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle