Owls are nocturnal birds of prey from the order Strigiformes, which includes about 200 species.
The owl is a solitary bird characterized by an upright stance, a large, broad head, binocular vision,
binaural hearing, sharp talons, and feathers adapted for silent flight. With their large, penetrating,
eyes and keen hearing, owls are classic symbols of intelligence. And, because of their nocturnal, secretive existence, their haunting hooting sounds, and quiet flight, Owls are associated with the
occult and otherworldly. In the Middle Ages, the owl became a symbol of the “darkness” before the coming of Christ – often used as a mark of the nonbeliever who dwells in this darkness. Because
of their silent nighttime activity, scientific study of owls is challenging. Consequently, many
species remain poorly understood. Spadecaller’s owl portraits convey
the mysterious beauty and intrigue of these fascinating creatures.
The Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owl was Listed as Endangered under the ESA, The cactus owl is a small owl about 6 inches tall that breeds in south-central Arizona in the USA, south through to Mexico,Central America and South America to Bolivia and Argentina.
The snowy owl is a large, powerful owl of the high Arctic tundra, with regal white feathers and brown markings suited for camouflage during northern winters. During the winter, the snowy owl irregularly shows up in windswept fields and dunes. It is the largest of all North American owls. During the summer it is often nomadic, nesting and inhabiting areas where there are large populations of the small rodents called lemmings. Remote North American breeding areas are safe from the effects of human disturbance, though the effects of climate change are beginning to affect their habitat. Snowy owl populations have declined in parts of the breeding range in northern Europe.
When their favorite food source, the lemming, is scarce, it takes a wide variety of prey, including birds as big as geese. During some winters, large numbers of Snowy Owls appear south of the Canadian border. Their appearance in towns and cities invariably attract many observers, photographers, and media attention. “Snowy Owl On A Winter Night” is a Spadecaller digital painting and photo composite.