The Northern Hawk Owl is a medium-sized little owl averaging about 14-16 inches long, has a wingspan of 18 inches and weighs in at a whopping 11 ounces. They have beautiful plumage, are one of the few owls that are only active during the day, and are non-migratory staying within its breeding range. So … you’re just hanging around on a twig one afternoon minding your own business and enjoying a sunny spring day … then all that changes!
Along comes the incredibly intelligent and cantankerous Raven for a little harassment and dive bombing, bringing some excitement to the moment. Little Hawk Owl was fairly tolerant for a long time, leaning back on its branch as best it could with each lunge from Raven. However, Raven finally crossed the proverbial line and Owl pitched forward with an aerial attack of its own; razor-sharp talons raised.
This really surprised Raven a LOT as it watched a few of its feathers float away in the wind, more than likely raising its blood pressure several notches. Raven made loud raucous calls at a much greater distance before it flew on, deciding it was a good time to leave the little one alone.
Owl sat back on its twig puffed-up and posturing … eventually flying off with the smoothness and grace-of-flight that befits a regal owl.
All images © Dave Parkhurst www.TheAlaskaCollection.com