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Aug 6, 2017

Most powerfully acute vision in the animal kingdom

It seems road-kill is to be found everywhere in this country, even if it's near James Bay, 1500 kilometres north of the lower Great Lakes.   My sister Denise and her daughter April Dawn Gull (pictured above) live in the Cree village of Wemindji, in northern Quebec.   My neice April is on Facebook every day and that is where I came across the photos you see here.   April spotted the dead Great Horned Owl, pictured here, on the James Bay Highway and stopped to retrieve it. The Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) is also known as the Hoot Owl or Tiger Owl.   April is deeply involved in First Nation's history and spirituality, and her mother says that April will make use of some of this owl's remains, feathers in particular, as artifacts of her native culture and religion.   In a manner of speaking, therefore, the spirit of this big, magnificent, feathered creature will live on, in northern Canada.

I'm so amazed with how the feathers of this owl can be extraordinary examples of the mystery and reality of camouflage, while also being delicate, powerful
and eye-catching.

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