Draw a Bird Day: Short-eared Owl

flying owl photo s

following behind–
owl-shadow, like a prism
scattering the dark

I did a few of these brush-painted flying owls and all of them looked very fishlike to me.  I usually think of owls as catlike, but in air they swim.  Short-eared owls in flight are described as “moth-like”.

pencil owl photo s

Short-eared owls have wide distribution, occurring on all continents except Australia and Antarctica.  The map I saw for North America showed wide declines in coastal populations due to loss of habitat, although those in the center of the United States and Canada seemed stable.

owl color photo s

They eat mainly rodents, and are in turn food for raptors and larger mammals because they nest on the ground.  Most active from dusk through dawn, they fly low over fields looking for prey.

Also for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday poet’s choice of words.  It’s becoming a regular for Draw-a-Bird Day.

Once again, Draw a Bird Day, the 8th of each month, is serving as a placeholder here at MeMadTwo while Nina takes an extended break.  I’m missing her, aren’t you?

In the meantime, you can find me (Kerfe) at https://kblog.blog/.

 

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47 responses to “Draw a Bird Day: Short-eared Owl”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    “owl-shadow, like a prism
    scattering the dark”

    I love everything about this.

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  2. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    You drew the owl with your words! Cool to focus on the shadow. And I enjoyed the actual drawings as well. It’s always a thrill to see an owl especially in flight.

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  3. Vashti Q says :

    I love everything about this post, Kerfe. Your owls are beautiful and your Haiku is lovely also. I enjoyed what you wrote about them too. Have a wonderful day and weekend! 😀

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  4. robertawrites235681907 says :

    I do like your owl drawings, Kerfe. I made a barn owl out of fondant. They have rather unusual faces, don’t they?

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  5. Jill Kuhn says :

    Wow! Each owl is spectacular Kerfe! The last one I like especially well. ❤️ I heard an owl in the forest by my house yesterday. Probably hunting for mice.

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  6. kiddlescarol says :

    Just wonderful! And yes, I miss her very much too!

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  7. Jane Dougherty says :

    You know how I love owls—this made my morning.

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  8. Charlie O'Shields says :

    Love your owls! Beautifully done! And adore the haiku! 😍That last line is wonderfully visual.

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  9. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    Wow! You always blow me away with your bird art! I am enthralled with the “owl who swims through the air…” Such an apt description. And the “owl shadow…” another excellent description. Love these drawings and poetry, Kerfe. ❤

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  10. Carol A. More says :

    Gorgeous and ethereal! I love the shamanic ‘owl medicine’ and these drawings really resonate. Lovely work.

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  11. Phil Cooper says :

    What a wonderful post Kerfe, i love the words and the images together 😊

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  12. msjadeli says :

    I love the idea of an owl as a familiar. Your drawings are wonderful. Didn’t realize owls nested on the ground 😦 That’s too bad.

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  13. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Beautiful drawings and poem, Kerfe. I’m fortunate to live in owl country and enjoy their nightly calls. They are amazing creatures.

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  14. Sabio Lantz says :

    wonderful drawing, it does seem swimming. And a prism scattering darkness is an amazing image.

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  15. calmkate says :

    these are beautiful, don’t think it looks fish like at all … more like it’s gliding 🙂

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  16. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Very nicely done, Marta and they look perfect as Owls. Awesome words written too.

    Like

  17. Jane Dougherty says :

    I don’t think I’ve seen one of these. Ours are the hoo hoo tawny owls, and I think they look like big brown moths too. Fish? Maybe porpoises…

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  18. Dave Kingsbury says :

    The light brushstrokes capture the unearthly silence, as does the phrase ‘ówl shadow’…

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  19. Myriam (Myr's Bytes) says :

    Beautiful drawings! 😊I like your observation about swimming through air. I’ve spent a bit of time sketching this species – I find their images captivating.

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