It was just after 3:00pm ( Tues, Feb 3/09) when Heather and I decided to head back home from taking photos of our rare Island visitor.
Just as we began to load our camera gear into the back of her car, we could hear a few people yell out, " she is coming over"! We looked and sure enough, the dear Northern Hawk Owl, came flying towards the car on the other side of the road. She landed right across the road from the car. This was the closest we had seen her and so we grabbed our cameras and leaning up against the car, we snapped a couple of shots before she flew back to her favorite high perch. It was as if she had wanted to say goodbye. I felt so blessed to have had the opportunity to see her up so close and personal. What a beautiful small bird she is!
“INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT NORTHERN HAWK OWLS”
Northern Hawk Owls have features and behaviors similar to Falcons and Hawks. They have long tails and pointed wings and their flight is like accipiter hawks(a hawk of a group distinguished by short, broad wings and relatively long legs, adapted for fast flight in wooded country). In addition, they tend to bob their tails when perched and are adept at hovering like kestrels.
This owl hunts mainly during the day using its vision and hearing to detect prey. Their feathers are stiffer than nocturnal owls and therefore it is not completely silent in flight.