American barred owl 2018 nesting season highlights

This video from the USA says about itself:

18 July 2018

Watch a pair of brown-and-white feathered forest dwellers work around the clock to raise fluffy owlets over the breeding season in these highlights from the fifth season of the Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owl Cam!


Rabbit attacks little owl

This 16 July 2018 video shows a rabbit attacking a young little owl. The young owl had recently left the nest box, but could still not fly properly.

It went to a rabbit hole, recently deserted as the young rabbits had left forever. However, the mother rabbit did not like that and attacked the owlet even though the hole was no longer in use.

The adult rabbit overthrew the young owl five times. It is not clear why the rabbit did that. A little owl parent tried to defend the youngster, but could do no more than hissing.

Menno Huge from Markelo village in the Netherlands made this video.

Barn owl, human eyes similar

This video from Britain says about itself:

25 May 2010

A three minute video explaining what makes Barn Owls so special. For more information go here.

From the Society for Neuroscience:

Owls see as humans do

Humans and birds may be more similar than previously thought

July 2, 2018

A study of barn owls published in JNeurosci suggests the visual systems of humans and birds may be more similar than previously thought.

The ability to perceive an object as distinct from a background is crucial for species that rely on vision to act on their environment. One way humans achieve this is by grouping different elements of a scene into “perceptual wholes” based on the similarity of their motion. This phenomenon has been mostly studied in primates, leaving open the question of whether such perceptual grouping represents a fundamental property of visual systems in general.

Yoram Gutfreund and colleagues addressed this question by studying the brain and behavior of barn owls as the animals tracked dark dots on a gray background presented on a computer screen. A wireless “Owl-Cam” tracked the owls’ visual search behavior in one set of experiments while neural activity in the optic tectum — the main visual processor in non-mammalian vertebrates — was recorded in another.

The researchers indeed report evidence of perceptual grouping in the owl, suggesting that this ability evolved and was conserved across species prior to the development of the human neocortex.

Texas owl saved from fishing line entanglement

This 3 June 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

When A Man Went To Help An Owl Trapped In Fishing Line, The Raptor’s Reaction Came Out Of The Blue

When Craig Loving arrived at his job at a country club one day in 2017, one can only imagine that he was expecting a normal shift. However, after an owl got tangled up in a fishing line, Loving leapt into action. The animal’s reaction, however, was simply extraordinary.

Loving works as the golf course superintendent at the Lost Creek Country Club in Austin, Texas. Sitting in Texas Hills Country, the club’s secluded setting provides a sanctuary for its members.