First the 2 women, Syrah and Jenna introduced themselves and then we met the Owls. They were beautiful, they had silky and soft feathers and humongous wings. We found out that there were 6 breeds of owls in Britain. They are White Face Scott, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, long eared Owl, short eared Owl and the Barn Owl. In the entire world there is a total of 240 unique types of owls.
After being introduced to these fantastic birds we were lucky to watch them soar gracefully above our heads. What we also learnt was that once owls have digested their meal of mice, raw meat, small insects and beetles the following day they produce small pellets, a small cube of what their prey was left of.
These owls originate from many different parts of the world, which included Asia, Africa and Europe. Another outstanding opportunity the children were given was to have a photo taken with the barn Owl stood on their shoulder with a wonderful woodland theme behind them. Although the owls are nocturnal, the birds that we met were awake during the day. There were many facts that we learnt about the owls which were:
- They have 3 dimensional hearing. This means that one of their ears could hear better than the other because they were higher.
- Owls can turn their heads 3 quarters of the way around as their eyes are fixed to a certain place.
- Owls are very quiet and elegant birds due to the fact that they need to hunt their prey, so they rely on their excellent sense of hearing to pinpoint where their prey is.
Thank you so much to Syrah and Jenna for coming
Taniya and Choi-ying Class 5S