January 2, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Kookaburra in a garden. It is a carnivore who eats small reptiles, rodents and insects.

Photographed c. December, 2019.

The warping night air having brought the boom

January 6, 2019 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Of an owl’s voice into her darkened room,
We tell the wakened child that all she heard
Was an odd question from a forest bird,
Asking of us, if rightly listened to,
“Who cooks for you?” and then “Who cooks for you?”

Words, which can make our terrors bravely clear,
Can also thus domesticate a fear,
And send a small child back to sleep at night
Not listening for the sound of stealthy flight
Or dreaming of some small thing in a claw
Borne up to some dark branch and eaten raw.

— "A Barred Owl",
Richard Wilbur

March 1, 2013 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Owl Saint (2006).
Ursula Vernon

November 24, 2012 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Little Owl (Athene noctua). Photographed by Danny Laredo.

November 20, 2012 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Male Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus). Photographed by Rachel Bilodeau.

September 28, 2012 - Reading time: ~1 minute

The mandarin ducks, the husband and his mate,
Brush from each other’s wings the frost.
How sad if one is left to sleep alone!

—from The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon