In 1986 I got a commission to make a series with ten different stone lithographies depicting birds of prey. I worked a whole year in a lithography studio in Oslo, making them the traditional way with lithographic crayons on limestone. I had little ornithological knowledge, but got permission to make research at one of the biological departments at University of Oslo.
Tawny Owl is one in the series of the ten birds of prey lithographies.
The tawny owl or brown owl (Strix aluco) is a stocky, medium-sized owl commonly found in woodlands across much of Eurasia. Its underparts are pale with dark streaks, and the upperparts are either brown or grey. Several of the eleven recognised subspecies have both variants. The nest is typically in a tree hole where it can protect its eggs and young against potential predators. This owl is non-migratory and highly territorial. Many young birds starve if they cannot find a vacant territory once parental care ceases.
This nocturnal bird of prey hunts mainly rodents, usually by dropping from a perch to seize its prey, which it swallows whole; in more urban areas its diet includes a higher proportion of birds. Vision and hearing adaptations and silent flight aid its night hunting.
August 2nd, 2019
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