Flighty Friday with Photos

Howdy, folks. Back by popular demand, some more nature photos, of avians this time. And, Hugh (if you see this), the Eurasian Eagle owl, I think, is like Malfoy’s owl in the “Harry Potter” universe. Not Hedwig (a snowy owl) per se, but these are beautiful creatures, don’t you think? Laura Erickson’s “For the Birds” is a fabulous resource on the Harry Potter owls, among other avian topics.

Again, the raptors pictured here are rehabilitated (or born in ‘captivity’) birds that are used for education, with all the special permits and care required under U.S. law, by the World Bird Sanctuary (WBS) in rural Missouri. If you’re nearby or passing through there, consider visiting them or supporting a bird rescue group near you. The Erickson Web site mentioned earlier contains links to owl- and bird-related charities in the U.S. and U.K., as well as ways to help owls. WBS’ owls (as well as other critters) are viewable on their Web site, where you can adopt your favorites.

Birds are among humans’ closest extant connection to dinosaurs, a branching tree that includes ancient species such as turtles and tortoises, sturgeon, certain clam, etc. My 2 cents’ is that we can do our part to help keep that lineage going. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Flighty Friday with Photos

  1. Lovely photos! Owls usually look very distinguished, but that guy in the middle on the left looks like he’d be a right laugh at a dinner party 🙂

  2. I do so love owls. What fabulous pictures.
    There are tawny owls in the woods just up the road from my house. I can hear them sometimes if I stand in the garden at night. Occasionally, one flies over my garden. Haven’t seen or heard much from them lately, due to the rain and them having non-waterproof feathers. It must be hard for them to catch enough food, if it’s teeming down throughout the night. I hear them more in the winter than the summer. Mostly on frosty nights.

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