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The first thing to notice is that the owl is TOTALLY unimpressed. It’s not scared in the least, and the raven has no aggrssive intentions, but starts out being just curious- like: “what the hell is This!” So it tests – tries to get a reaction. But the owl still stays totally nonchalent. At some point the raven then tries a different tactic- it puts on its “I’m a big guy” display of erect “ear” feathers- usually used to show status in the presence of potential superiors, but here used also with a bowing and wing-flaring,which is used in supplication if there is NOT going to be a challenge- so, yes, i think the raven was having fun, and then also starting to have some respect, because this big white thing was NOT going to cooperate and be its toy. –Bernd Heinrich
I thought two things when I saw this video. First, how much the snowy owl is like my cat when he deals with the girl cats in the house. Second, how much this interaction seemed like the boys in juvenile detention.
I offer a haiku.
a sturdy perch
two rivals meet
4 thoughts on “Reflections on a Snowy Owl and a Raven …”
With its swivel neck, the owl is amazingly equipped at avoiding eye contact! Almost 360 degrees of not looking at you, Raven! 🙂
Isn’t it clever! How the Owl avoids the Raven?
Both are intelligent raptors. I love your haiku! 🙂
Thanks! Sometimes, it is just waiting for the inspiration to come.
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