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Bird Watching with Chippy the Blue Bird
Hi, I’m Chippy the Blue bird. Welcome to my bird watching time! Today, there is a surprise for you! I’m sharing my bird watching experience with an wonderful bird at night. Any guesses? Yes, that is the magnificent bird, Owl. What comes to your mind when you think about this bird? Something creepy? Ha! Ha! :-)) Ok. Owls are carnivorous birds that could be seen almost in all the parts of the world. Now, the story. Yesterday, I stayed in a hill side and I could hear a low musical sound, a call from a bird. I approached the direction from where the sound was coming. At last I found, it is none other than an owl making the hoot! Click! I just had a shot of the owl in my little camera. Have a look!
Owls have a nocturnal behavior, that means they are active at night. As you may know, their unique eyes make this bird beautiful. Unlike other birds, both of their eyes are in the front of their flat looking face. Their eyes are powered with binocular vision and with their sharp eyes they could see things even in dark. As an disadvantage, they should rotate their heads to view other directions. Since they are far sighted, they could not see things very near to them. Most of their physical features are very supportive to them to be active in dark.
Yesterday night, I noticed this too. I heard a sound on the ground. It was dark every where. Based on the sound, I could only guess that a small-sized rodent is moving under the dry leaves on the ground around me. But I could not see anything! Alas! What a scene! What a silent attack! Just happened in a fraction of a second! I could see a Eurasian Eagle owl with a big rat on its mouth was siting on a branch of a tree. Really it was a heavy bird. You know, Big sized owls could weight up to 4.5 kg. Some big owls will feed on the small sized species of their own kind. I think they are the real helpers of farmers by weeding out these rats from their farms. mm.. Really, I did appreciate the hunting skills of this bird with its extraordinary hearing and vision abilities even in a dark time.
Owls could hunt birds of same size as them and small mammals like rats, bugs are their common food. As a special case, fish owls have fishes in their main diet.
Strigidae – typical owls and Tytonidea – barn owls are the two main families of owls and nearly 220+ subspecies have been identified under the 2 families. Elf owl, Fish owl, great grey owl, barn owl, eagle owl and pygmy owl are some of the commonly known types of owls.
OK, its the time to go. See you in the next bird watching time! Bye for now! Chirp! Chirp!
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