|One of the cadets with a falcon! Photo Credit: www.usafa.af.mil|
2. The great-horned owl used to be the only member of the genus Bubo (what a fun name, right?), but around ten years ago, scientists reclassified the snowy owl to be the second member of the genus.
|Quite possibly the most famous snowy owl of all time, Hedwig from the spectacular Harry Potter series! Photo Credit: www.lauraerickson.com|
peregrine falcon will dive at their prey and actually punch them with their balled up feet!
|A peregrine falcon diving to attack a brown pelican: holy COW! Photo Credit: www.birderslibrary.com|
burrowing owls, do not have this dish, or at least it is not as pronounced as other owls that are more active at night. The burrowing owl is actually most active at dawn and dusk, although it can function perfectly well at night.
|A funny looking burrowing owl! Photo Credit: animaluniquepictures.blogspot.com|
|A red-tailed hawk nest in what might or might not be a cottonwood tree....Photo Credit: gaiagarden.blogspot.com|
melanistic forms are seen. This DEFINITELY messes with birders!
|A melanistic red-tailed hawk! Melanistic, FYI, would be just like a melanistic jaguar, where the coat of the animal is very, very dark, much darker than noraml, due to a pigment issue in its genes! Photo Credit: thenatureniche.com|
|A juvenile red-tailed hawk! Photo Credit: animals.nationalgeographic.com|
|An osprey, where you have a clear shot of its feet! Photo Credit: www.flickr.com|
|A great-horned owl with a snake! Photo Credit: www.flickr.com|
|Convergent evolution at its finest! Photo Credit: www.stripes.com|
|A fox in the henhouse! I couldn't find a picture of a hawk in a henhouse, and besides, I really liked this picture. Photo Credit: www.hyscience.com|
|And that's why people often use fake owls to scare away pigeons! Photo Credit: loomofruin.blogspot.com|