Thursday, April 13, 2017
851 Under Her Wing
Once again this year, we are fortunate enough to have a Great Horned Owl family in our neighborhood. We don't know if these are the same owls as those who graced us in two previous years but we are addicted to observing them in this fairly urban setting.
There is only one owlet this year, hatched earlier than in previous years, we Owl Ladies speculate because of the mild winter. As an "only child" we have observed that this owlet is larger than expected, and more "pampered." We have watched him/her stubbornly refuse to fledge, even when tempted with a plump, tasty rabbit dinner.
Today, the owl family was driven from their pine tree by a "murder" of crows. I'm not making that up, that's what a group of crows is called!
Thanks to my neighbor, Steve Gardiner, for the photo reference for this painting. He has a camera that can capture the owls in all their glory and is very generous in sharing his photos with all of the Owl Addicts.
"851 Under Her Wing"
acrylic - 20x16 in