Tuesday, November 15, 2005


There are a couple of owls living in my yard and many others in my neighborhood. It’s so beautiful to see them all the time, here and there, flying off overhead, every day, around all the year. One evening I arrived to find the owl actively hunting and I saw the owl kills and eats a big mouse. I stayed just still to watching it. With smaller prey owls simply swallow the animal whole. But with larger prey, an owl must tear off bits of meat to swallow. It’s very common see the owl floating silently upward into a tree. They drop from a high perch and fly low to the ground. It sometimes calls in the daytime and if disturbed will fly easily from one grove of trees to another. My husband took these pictures near our house. A couple of beautiful owls just stared at him straight from the top of the kiosk.

I summarize some interesting information about Owls. "The Owl is any of some 200+ species of solitary, mainly nocturnal birds of prey in the order Strigiformes. Owls mostly hunt small mammals, insects, and other birds, though a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found on all the Earth's lands except for Antarctica, most of Greenland, and some remote islands."

Owls are far-sighted, and are unable to clearly see anything within a few inches of their eyes. Their far vision, particularly in low light, is incredibly good.Many owls can also hunt by sound in total darkness. Different species of owls make different sounds, and a variety of other barking calls and screams. One of which is the recognizable "hoo-hoo” Click on this site to hear their "hoo-hoo".

Burrowing Owl is an owl of dry, open habitats such as “cerrado” and savannah while it is often found in cities, golf courses and other similar areas. It nests in the ground usually in a burrow excavated by another animal such as a skunk or armadillo."

"Most owls are nocturnal, but several, including the pygmy owls (Glaucidium), are crepuscular, or twilight active, hunting mainly at dawn and dusk. A few owls, such as the Burrowing Owl (Speotyto cunicularia) and the Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus), are also active during the day.

"In the Western world, owls are traditionally associated with wisdom and knowledge and with the Greek goddess Athena. That's because Athena was a bird goddess and assumed often the form of an owl. Athena was not only the goddess of wisdom, but was also the goddess of arts and skills. With this association, owls became also the symbol of teaching and of institutions of learning, being present in the crest of arms of many universities.

The Ancient Egyptians made a representation of an owl into their hieroglyph for 'm', although they would often draw this hieroglyph with its legs broken to keep the bird of prey from coming to life and attacking.

In Japanese culture, the bird is a symbol of death and seeing one is considered a bad omen. The same is true in Italian and Romanian culture, where the mournful call of an owl predicts the death of somebody living in the neighborhood.

The Romans also considered owls to be funerary birds, for their nocturnal activity and having their nests in inaccessible places, therefore, seeing an owl at daytime was considered a bad omen.

Taboo surrounds owls in the culture of the Native American Hopi nation, they are regarded as a dirty and ominous creature."

Next post I will introduce another wild bird seen at Enseada Azul: the Hawks.

Photos by Carlos Alckmin Mascaro


  1. Those are fabulous pictures of the owls. I love waking in the middle of the night to the sound of owls hooting.

  2. Sonia--Owls are one of my favorite birds. I will hear them hooting in the dark night (& the coyotes howling), but I rarely get to see them. Your Burrowing Owl photos are a delight--I want to know what you have on your rooftops that is attracting these wonderful birds! Thank you for giving us information. It is a joy to read.

  3. I love owls,When mattie came over from Canada this summer we went to the falconry centre and flew owls and hawks it was great fun.

  4. We hear owls around our place in the night but I virtually never see them. The last one we saw was up in a tree on top of Sugar Mountain about two years ago. We spotted it when we were having lunch mid-way in our hike.

  5. Great pictures. I love photos of birds. Funny you were able to catch them in the day when they are generally nocturnal.

  6. Hi Sonia, What wonderful pictures and information about the owls. We have owls here and I was lucky enough to see one once during the day, a few feet away. And of course I didn't have a camera!

  7. I love owls, when we were little my mom did animal rescue and occasionaly she would get owls, they are fascinating to watch.

  8. Great pictures, Sonia. Again, a fascinating post and so inspiring!! Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier :)

  9. Despite my current interest in owls, I very seldom get to see them other than in zoos -- and that's not quite the same.

    I loved seeing them here

  10. Love the photos, Sonia. It is nice to learn about the owls through your posts.

  11. Beautiful photos. the Ibis ones especially since I had never seen them.

    We have owls and there are several different kinds that you can identify mostly by their sounds. One in Tucson Arizona makes a sound like laughter.

    I love owls but they are why my cats don't get to stay out at night or get out too early in the morning-- especially the littlest cat. We have a few species of owl here that she'd just be lunch for.

  12. One Thanksgiving night, we heard a strange racket from outside and my husband grabbed a flashlight and ran into the yard. Shining a light into a fir tree, he found several tiny screech owls, screeching away. A magical night indeed.

  13. Just catching up with your blog again, Sonia. And what great photos - living in the city as I do now, it has been a while since I heard the owl's call .... so a real pleasure to remind myself what unique birds they are.

  14. I love your owl posts, Sonia! Last winter, I saw a large owl perched high in a tree outside my kitchen window. Now that the leaves have fallen, I'll be watching to see if it returns this year.

  15. The pictures of the owls are so cute. It is interesting how they are out during the light. When I was growing up on a farm, we heard and saw owls, only at night. Of course, ours were not the same type as the ones you've posted.

  16. I loved reading about the different way owls are perceived in various cultures. Thanks for that information!

    Recently I went on a horticultural tour of the Melbourne zoo. We were talking about the damage that can be caused to vegetation by animals, and what the zoo does to combat it. Possums are a terrible pest to gardens, but they are protected and can't be culled. The zoo gardener said that a large fake owl keeps possums and other pests away. That's useful to know!

  17. Oooo Sonia that is a bit scary about seeing an owl and it being a symbol of death... a bad omen. I am glad that it is myth! When I clicked that picture of the larger owl I can't remember if anything creepy happened and CH, the Husband, and I are still around.. :) Truly is some fascinating info you have here and how awesome to have the owls around all day, all year. They really are a magnificent bird. I am pretty sure the owl I saw that day was hunting small mice next to the workshop/garage.


Profile - Perfil

All photography and writing
© 2005-2014 by Sonia A. Mascaro
unless indicated otherwise.
All rights reserved.
Contact: samascaro@uol.com.br

Archive - Arquivo

Categories - Categorias

12º Aniversário do Blog 12th Blog Anniversary 1º Blog Aniversário 1th Blog Anniversary 2º Blog Aniversário 2th Blog Anniversary 3º Blog Aniversário 3th Blog Anniversary 4º Blog Aniversário 4th Blog Anniversary 5º Blog Aniversário 5th Blog Anniversary 6º Blog Aniversário 6th Blog Anniversary 7º Blog Aniversário 7th Blog Anniversary 8º Blog Aniversário 8th Blog Anniversary 9º Blog Aniversário 9th Blog Anniversary A Passage to India Actor Agave Attenuata Aging Airplane Al Pacino Alexander Scriabin Alice Munro Almoço em Agosto Altadena Hiker Altadena Hiker Blog Amanhecer Amigos Amizade Amusement Park Andrew Newell Wyeth Animais Animal's Books Animalia Kingdom Animals Aniversário Anne Shelton Annie Lennox Ano Novo Ano Novo. Music Anthurium Antiguidades Antique Kitchen Antiques Ants Antúrio Apartament Apartamento Armadillo Arnaldo Pomodoro Arranha-Céu Art Artesanato Artistas Artists Árvore Árvores As baleias de Agosto As Pontes de Madison ASP World Tour Ator Aurora Avaré Avenida Paulista Avó Avô Avós Azalea Azaléia Bandstand Barbatimão Barcelona Bauhinia variegata (Casco-de-vaca) Beach Ben Bain Ben E. King Bette Davis Billie Holiday Bird Birds Birthday Blog Blog Aniversário Blog Anniversary Blog Award Blog Break Blog Jokes BlogGincana BlogJokes Bob Sinclar Books Botanical Garden Brahma Brasil Brasília Brazil Brazilian Cherry Brazilian Handicraft Brenda's Blog Brian Wilson Bridge Brother Burrowing Owl Cable-stayed bridge Cachorros Cães Caetano de Campos Cambará Camel's Foot Tree Camouflage Campo Campo de Trigo Campos de Holambra Campos de Trigo Campos do Jordão Camuflagem Canastra Mountain Ridge Cantor Caraguatatuba Caramujos Caraúna Caricatura Caricature Carlos Carlos A. Mascaro CARLOS ALCKMIN MASCARO Carlos Paredes Carnaval Carneiros Carnival Carros Antigos Cartão Postal Casa Casa Antiga Casa Branca Casamento Casarão Casas Antigas casas residenciais Cat Caterpillar Cats Cattle Cavalo Cavalos Cecilia Bartoli Cedar Cedro Cedros Cenas Rurais Cerca Cercas Cerrado Céu Chema Madoz Childhood Children Chopi Blackbird Christmas Chuva Chuva-de-Ouro Cidades Circo Circuito Mundial de Surfe Circus Citação Cities Clint Eastwood Clotheslines Clouds Coimbra Comida Comidas Constantine Cavafy Conta Comigo Copa do Mundo Copan Building Copperpod Coreto Coruja Coruja Buraqueira Costela-de-Adão Country House Cows Cozinha à Antiga Crested Carcara Crianças Crochê Crochet Cuisine Culinária Cupins Dança Comigo? Shall We Dance David Hockney Dawn Death in Venice Desert Canyon Inger Desert Canyon Living Desing Despedida Destruction Destruição Dia das Mães Diana Krall Dogs Dogs and Cats Art Domingo Domino Dominó Duane Hanson Ducks Dusk Earth Earth - Landsat Earth as Art Ecological Day Eddie Vedder Edifício Copan Eduardo P. Lunardelli Edward Hopper Egret El Poder de la Palabra Elefante Elephant Emma Wallace Enseada Azul Entardecer Entrevista Envelhecimento Erik Johansson Escola Escola Caetano de Campos Escritores Escultura Escultura. Estado de São Paulo Estilo Estrada Estrada. Photo Friday Estradas Everybody's Talkin' Família Family Farewell Farm Farmers Father Fazenda Fazendas Feliz Aniversário Feliz Ano Novo Feliz Ano Novo 2012 Feliz Ano Novo! Music Feliz Natal Fence Fences Fences. Good Fences Feral Houses Ferdinand Cheval Férias Fernando Field Film Filme Filmes Fire Flamboiã Flamboyant Flame Vine Flor-de-São João Flôr-de-São-João Flora Flores Flowers Fogo Fome Food Footprints Footwear Formigas Fortaleza Fotos Fotos antigas Fotos de Família à Moda Antiga Freddie Mercury Friends Friendship Fruits Frutas Fun Fungi Fungos Fungus Futebol Gabriel Medina Gado Garça Garden Gata Gatos Gavião Carcará George Segal Giant Anteater Ginásio Golden Trumpet Tree Golden Trumpet Trees Good Fences Grades de ferro Graffiti Gran Torino Grandfather Grandmother Grandparents Great Aunt Grécia Greece Green Walls Guitarra Portuguesa Gustav Mahler Hábitos Esquisitos Habits Weird Happy Birthday Happy New Year Happy New Year 2012 Happy New Year 2013. Feliz Ano Novo 2013 Harry Nilsson Havaí Hawaii Henry David Thoreau Hera Hergé Heron Hibiscus High School História Real Holambra Holambra's Fields Holidays Homeless Horse Horses Horto Florestal de Avaré Horto Florestal Park House Hugh Grant Humans of New York Hunger Ideal Palace Immortality Imortalidade Infância Internet Interview Invasive plant Ipê Rosa Ipê-Amarelo Ipê-Rosa Irmã Irmão Iron railings Italy Itu Ivy J.Seward Johnson Jaboticaba James D. Griffioen Jamie Cullum Jardim Jardim Botânico Jardim Botânico. Botanical Garden Jato Jeff Koons Jerry Lee Lewis Jet Ski João-de-Barro John Barry John Seward Johnson II John Tenniel Johnny Mathis Josh Groban Jurumirim Dam Juventude Karin Bugge Katinka Matson Kites Krokalia Lagarta Lago Landscapes Leaves of Grass Leitura Leo Tolstoy Lichens Lichia Lillian Gish Lily Lindsay Anderson Líquens Líques Lírio Lisa Literatura Literature Little Daisy Livros Livros sobre Animais Lobo Lobo Guará Lobo-Guará Love Actually Lua Luchino Visconti Lucian Freud Lychee Lydia Davis Mãe Mãe. Mother Mamãe Mandarin Orange Maned-Wolf Manhattan Máquina de Escrever Marcos Valle. Paulo Sergio Valle Margaridas Mario Mariotti Mark Jenkins Market Matej Krén Matosinho Matosinhos Memória Memories Mercado Mercado Municipal Mercado Municipal de São Paulo Merry Christmas Meryl Streep Meu Jardim Mexerica Mid-August Lunch Milan Kundera Milano Marittima Mimetismo Mimitry Minha casa Misty Monastério de Santa Cruz Monastery of Santa Cruz Monstera deliciosa Montserrat Caballé Moon Morte em Veneza mosaic mosaico Mother Mother's Day Mouvie Mouvies movie Movie Filme Movies Municipal Market Municipal Market of São Paulo Muros Verdes Music Music. Música Música Músicas Musics My Garden My garden. Meu jardim My house Natal National Dog Day Nature Natureza Neighborhood Neil Finn Nest Névoa New Year New York NewYear Nick Georgiou Nova York Nuvens O Céu que nos Protege Ocean Oceano Old Age Old Age and Aging Old Building Old Buildings Old Cars Old house Old Houses Old Man Old photos Older Orchard Orchid Orchids Orquídea Orquídeas Os Yankees Estão Voltando Oscar Niemeyer Ovenbirds Paddle Pai Paineira Painter Painting Paintings Paisagens Palácio Ideal Palettes of Colors Palm Tree Palmeira Palmeiras Pará Rubber Tree Parachutes Paranapanema Paraquedas Parque de Diversões Parque Trianon Party at the Palace Passagem para a Índia Pássaro Preto Pássaros Passeando Pata-de-vaca Patos Paulista Avenue Pausa no Blog Pearl Jam Pegadas Pets Photo Friday Photographer. Fotógrafia Photos Photos of Old Fashioned Family Photoshop Piano Pink Tabebuia Pintor Pinturas Pipas Pitanga Pitangueira Placas Planta invasiva Plantas e Animais Plants and Animals Playing For Change Poet Poeta Pomar Pond Ponte Ponte Estaiada Ponte Estaiada Octávio Frias de Oliveira Pôr do sol Pôr-do-sol Porto Portugal Portuguese Guitar Postcards Praia Praias Prédios Antigos Primavera Purple Glory Tree Quaresmeira Quiz Quote Rain Rain of Gold Rainstorm Rainy Weather Reading Reflections Reflexos Reino Animal Relax Relaxamento Remington Represa Jurumirim residential houses Rio Claro Road Roads Roadside Hawk Ron Mueck Roseman Covered Bridge Rua Ruas Rural Rural Scenes Ryuichi Sakamoto Salva Tela Samba Sandals with socks Sandra Bullock São José do Rio Pardo São Paulo São Paulo State Scanner School Scott Snibbe Screensaver Sculpture Sean Davey Sem teto Seringueira Serra da Canastra Serra da Mantiqueira Shadow Sheeps Sibipiruna Sign Simplesmente Amor Singer Sister Sítio Sky Skyscraper Skywatch Skywatch Friday Sleeping By Myself Snails Soccer Socrates Sócrates Sofia Sofia; Ipê-Rosa; Pink Tabebuia Solidariedade Solidarity Solitude Sombra Sonia Springtime Stand By Me State of São Paulo Storm Street Street Art Streets Style Succulent Suculentas Summer Sunday Sunrise Sunset Surf Surfe Tamanduá-Bandeira tango Tapeçaria Tapestry Tatu-bola Tempestade Tempo Tempo de Chuva Termites Terra Teste The Big Picture The Boston Globe The Bridge of Madison County The Mantiqueira Mountains The Pointer Sisters The Sheltering Sky The Straight Story The whales of August Theo Jansen Thuia Tia Avó Tim McGraw Tom Jobim Tom Jones Toucans Traffic Trânsito Travelling blog Tree Trees Trianon Park Tucanos Typewriter Vacas Varais Varal de Idéias Vegetação Vegetation Velhice e Envelhecimento Velho Venice Vera Verão Verão. Tempo Vesper Video Vídeo Videos Vídeos Vincent Price Visitantes Visitors Vitória Vizinhança Vizinhanças Walking Walt Disney Walt Whitman Weather Wedding Wheat Field Wheat Fields Without You Wolf World World Champion Tour World Cup World Surf League Writers Yanks Yellow Flame Youth

Followers - Seguidores


Blog Widget by LinkWithin


View My Stats