Fresh from our Snowy Owl Hunt, we went out the next weekend to find some Great Grey Owls and came up blank of them, but hit the jackpot with this Northern Hawk Owl, which as I understand now, are much rarer than the GGO
This bird was very skittish and we couldn't get anywhere near as close as we were with the other owl. There might have been a territorial thing going on as the birds were relatively close to each other.
It was amazing to see this bird launch itself like a rocket. It folded it's wings and jumped/fell off the branch and shot down towards it's prey, opening it's wings and using it's tail to direct itself on target.
Owls eyes are fixed in their heads in a forward position, so the owl has to turn it's head to see. They have built in compensators for this, their hearing is fantastic, their sight is fantastic too. They have two sets of eyelids to keep their eyes clean