Friend of mine at work posted these on Facebook yesterday (FB doesn’t share nicely with Tumblr like Tumblr does with FB. Play nice, FB!). Right in front of her neighbor’s house in a crepe myrtle tree; she took these with her phone - no telephoto or anything. A car went by and she thought he’d take off, but he just leaned back a little. All the little birds were making a fuss because of the predator, but then her neighbor came out to chat and complained about the noisy crows. No words about the owl at all; just that the crows were “scary.”
(Photos by Valerie Taylor; posted with permission)
There’s something a little different going on at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo, but it’s working. Two clutches of Guineafowl chicks were incubated by Feta and Blue, the Zoo’s Indian peahens. The chicks hatched on July 7 and 14, and though an entirely different kind of bird, Feta and Blue are now raising the chicks too — even though they look, act, and sound nothing like them. Their roles have been simple: help the chicks avoid common zoo quandaries such as pedestrians, Motor Safari trams, and predators like the occasional overhead hawk. This is important since both species have free range of the zoo grounds every day and night.
The Cuban Giant Owl (Ornimegalonyx) is an extinct genus of giant owl that measured 1.1 metres (3½ feet) in height. It is closely related to the many species of living owls of the genus Strix. It was a flightless or nearly flightless bird and it is believed to be the largest owl that ever existed. It lived on the island of Cuba. Remains have been abundant throughout the island, in cave deposits from the Late Pleistocene period (~ 10,000 years ago) and at least three nearly complete skeletons have been found…