Sunday, August 9, 2015

A Parliament of Imaginary Owls

"I'm going to make owls!" So declared my 9 year old daughter Naomi. Soon the whole family was practicing their strigography.

Great Green Owl - Strix chlorosa

Adele's owl reminded me of a Great Grey Owl, with it's large head and long tail. She used Sharpie markers on white scratch paper (office paper with printing only on one side, our paper of choice). I added in the dark blue background to give it a more nocturnal feel. After this owl she switched to cats and made a family of crescent moon cats which were really cool, but imaginary cats are beyond the scope of this blog.
Northern Pris-matic Owl - Aegolius iridosis
Naomi described this owl as being able to shine light around, like a prism. When she was around four years old, we practically ran into a perched Saw-whet Owl while on a winter walk. She used water colors on white scratch paper. I added in the dark blue background.
Medium-eared Owl - Asio meso

Sara has been in many, many owling expeditions with me. Though not a birder herself, she brings an angle of appreciation to the searching and the owls themselves that I enjoy very much. She has been on many various trips to find two of Minnesota's rarer owls, the Short-eared Owl and Long-eared Owl hence the name Medium-eared Owl. She used Sharpie markers on white scratch paper. I applied an moderate filter to the picture with the Glaze app, mostly to give the white areas of the owl and the blue background a bit more texture.
Northeast Screech Owl - Megascops otus
Obviously some sort of Screech Owl . . . While looking at owl scientific names for this post, I noticed that Eastern Screech Owls were formerly placed in the genus Otus, which meant they and Long-eared Owls had flip-flopped genus and species names, O. asio for the former and A. otus for the later. I wonder how unique this is (was) in the world of binomial nomenclature?
For my owl, I used Sharpie markers on white scratch paper, and then applied a some filtering with the Glaze app.