Simply cute!

Barn Owl
Ojai Raptor Center
Ojai, California

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lcarreau

lcarreau - Apr 15, 2012 10:08 pm - Voted 10/10

Face only a mother could love ..

They say their face evolved that way,

in order to capture the minute sounds that

only a pack of rats can make ..

Marcsoltan

Marcsoltan - Apr 16, 2012 12:14 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Face only a mother could love ..

Well, I'm not a mother, but I sure love this face.
Interesting "saying" about their face evolved so that they hear the sound rats make. Well, I'm not sure about that because I don't have a face like that and I can hear the sound that rats make. May be I'm part a barn owl!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Apr 16, 2012 9:20 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Face only a mother could love ..

Ha, ha ... no, it's true.

They can detect the most "subtle" of sounds,
like the pitter-patter of tiny feet on the
shadowy floor of a barn.

Their face acts like a "catcher's mitt" to
detect sounds before pouncing on their prey
and finishing them off ..

Kinda like a miniature killing machine!
Believe it ... or not!

Marcsoltan

Marcsoltan - Apr 16, 2012 10:01 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Face only a mother could love ..

I believe it. I think all the fine hairs on their face will vibrate with the sound waves. After all, sound is only vibration of the air molecules.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Apr 16, 2012 10:37 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Face only a mother could love ..

You got it ...

And, the "shape" of their face
directs the waves inward, similar to the
satellite dish atop some people's homes.

Unless, of course, you got stuck with cable.

Marcsoltan

Marcsoltan - Apr 18, 2012 3:16 pm - Hasn't voted

Coyotes...

Coyotes have no fine hairs and no satellite dish faces yet they hear, with pin-point accuracy, a mouse three feet under the snow. It takes that kind of sensory perception for an animal to survive in the wilderness.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Apr 19, 2012 9:22 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Coyotes...

I've seen coyotes hunting in threes ...

their strategy (in the Verde Valley of AZ) is
to hunt in a specific direction towards the Verde River in broad daylight ..

smaller rodents and larger prey, such as rabbits, are "chased" down to the edge of
the river, where they have "no place to hide"
and are easily taken by the hungry coyotes.

A happy coyote is a well-fed coyote.

Thanks for the interesting chit chat, Marc! !

Marcsoltan

Marcsoltan - Apr 19, 2012 10:54 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Coyotes...

And, we think we are the only intelligent species! Go figure!

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