Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mouse-Eye View

We have discussed in this blog, at various times in the past, the amazing adaptations exhibited by the Common Barn Owl—its feathers, its uncanny ability to locate prey by sound, its eyesight, etc.
One of World Bird Sanctuary's resident Barn Owls--Goblin 
Recently a friend forwarded a You Tube link to me that demonstrates, in slow motion,  many of these features of the Barn Owl.  It gives the viewer an astonishing mouse-eye view of what happens when a Barn Owl zeroes in on its prey—the location of the prey using its facial disks to funnel the sound back to its ears, the way the bird manipulates its wing and tail feathers to direct its flight, location of the prey item, and finally the spreading of its talons to grasp the prey. 

Also, at the end of the video when they give the bird its reward (a mouse) note how what appears to be a small beak manages to swallow the mouse whole—amazing!

Click Here  to view this incredible footage. 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Submitted by Gay Schroer, World Bird Sanctuary Volunteer Photographer

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