Another entry into Colleen’s Tanka Poetry Challenge.
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”.
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.
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…
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