This is one of my favorite owl images because of the wings. It’s a perfect artistic reference because you can see how the wings fit to the body so well. It’s almost more like a bat wing rather than a bird wing because of the extra layer of skin and feathers above the elbow joint than connects back to the body. Also Brown Wood Owls are among my favorite owl species.
I would like to officially introduce everyone to Ollie, short for Oliver (I recently binge-watched the Arrow on Netflix and decided to name him after Oliver Queen lol). Ollie is a young bird so he’s become very attached to people and extremely well acclimated to daily life. He’s not afraid of anything (dogs, cars, trucks, not a problem!) and he wants to be near people all the time. I’ll often let him hang out with me while I’m watching TV in my room because he goes crazy if he can see me but can’t get to me. For these same reasons, I usually have to hold him on my hand while I drive, because the back seat is just too far away from he and he won’t tolerate that kind of separation! lol Unlike most kestrels, he’s very good about being pet and even accepts kisses and snuggles <3 He’s my sweet baby boy
Ollie is a young bird so he’s still developing his flight muscles and learning how to use them. When I first started working with him, he could barely control where he flew and often crash landed into things. He’s gotten much better since then, but he still hasn’t caught any birds yet due to inexperience. He loves loves to chase them though! I think he’ll be a great bird hunter as soon as he gets a little more flight practice under his wings.