Northern Hawk Owl, H÷kuggla, H°geugle
Northern Hawk Owl ( Surnia ulula ) on a branch in
the forest of Grib Skov, only 18 miles north
west of Copenhagen in Northern Zealand, found on a cold Monday
January 16th and again on Thursday February 2nd 2006.
It looks like a Hawk. In fact it looks like a Hawk in several ways,
and the striped feather structure on the breast is only one of them.
The long tail is another and the choice of food and prey yet
another, but one thing certainly separates hawk Owls from the real
Hawk Owls are not afraid, not afraid of people anyway. At least that
goes for this guy.
We were watching it sitting at the top of a sixty feet pine, waving
back and forth in the fairly strong winds, happily enjoying the
sight of our Danish landscape, which for Hawk Owls is a rare sight..
when the bird suddenly took a dive. Took a dive directly against us.
Threw itself out from its sixty feet watch point, coming down fast,
levelled at ten feet and passed over our heads, and came to a land
behind us, on a two inch branch, now sitting as close as it only
happens in dreams. As close as you can imagine.
These visitors from northern Swedish or northern Norwegian woods
really have a nice, unspoiled approach to the human race.
You could hear its claws strong grip. Feel
the weight of the sizeable wild creature. Sence its set of yellow
eyes looking over your shoulder or dead-straight through you, aimed
at some point behind our backs. This hawk Owl didn't care. Didn't se
any of us, and stayed in position for
more than a minute. From the first frame
shot when I got my tripod moved, positioned for better light, to the
last frame, shot when the bird left its two inch branch, is exactly
69 seconds. Digi cameras remember things like that for you.