Owls are not the brightest of birds, in spite of their reputation. Athena would probably have been better off with a member of the crow family. Mind you, a group of owls is called a parliament, which is infinitely more reassuring than a murder of crows.
However, owls are beautiful beasts, superbly adapted to their evolutionary niche, and this one – you’ll spot it immediately – just makes me melt into a warm puddle of anthropomorphic happiness.
I think it’s a Little Owl.
Ah, it does you a power of good just watching the pure bliss radiating off it. There’s more about these magnificent predators on sites like these:
- World Owl Trust – Leading The World In Owl Conservation
- The Barn Owl Trust
- Burrowing Owl Conservation Network
Stupid fucking humans.