The distinctive call of the little native owl, Ruru, (Morepork) which floats out of the darkness at night in New Zealand demanding a second serving of the Sunday roast like the ghost of a hungry child. All owls have been designed by nature as superb hunting machines with the particular intention of operating at night. The plumage of an owl is exceptionally soft with softened feather edges which enable the birds to fly silently through the air so that they can approach their prey without warning. Owls have excellent hearing with their disc–shaped faces designed to direct the slightest sound to the large ear openings. In addition, owls have very flexible necks which can rotate 270 degrees to look for prey from every possible angle and large shining eyes designed for optimum binocular vision in low intensity light.
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Excuse Me… Day Time Is Night Time Here…
In Maori tradition the morepork was seen as a watchful guardian. It belonged to the spirit world as it is a bird of the night. Although the more-pork or ruru call was thought to be a good sign, the high pitched, piercing, ‘yelp’ call was thought to be an ominous forewarning of bad news or events. A little difficult to capture these beautiful birds in daylight as they hang in the shadows waiting for night to fall…Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Southland New Zealand March 2012 Kiwi Brid Park Queenstown
Excuse Me… Day Time Is Night Time Here… – Morepork Owl