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Wisdom through different eyes

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[Feb. 6th, 2011|09:02 pm]
Wisdom through different eyes


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 Hi all :-)
I've not had much experience with totems aside from Spider but recently Owl has come into my life.  I have a basic idea of the associations for Owl-wisdom, stealth,etc but I'd love to know more about the gifts and lessons Owl has to bring.  Please help!  I'd be very grateful :-)
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[User Picture]From: mahpiya_luta
2011-02-13 09:14 pm (UTC)
The large eyes of owls (smaller in barn owls) are directed forward, and are encased in a capsule of bone called the sclerotic ring, which allows little eye movement. Owls must turn their entire heads to look sideways, facilitated by relatively long and flexible necks that permit the head to be rotated through 270 degrees. In most owls the eyes are surrounded by a facial disk of stiff feathers. As relatively few owls hunt their prey in full daylight, their hearing is particularly important. Many owls have asymmetrical skulls, with the ear openings at different levels; this enables the bird to get a "fix" on the sound made by a prey animal. Owls range over the whole globe except in the Antarctic region; the common barn owl has one of the largest ranges among living birds. The nesting habits of owls are highly variable. Some nest in holes in trees or among rocks, others nest in large tree-nests, and others, such as burrowing owls, nest on the ground. All lay pure white eggs. Owls feed entirely on living animals, with the size of the prey proportional to the size of the owl, from insects to mammals as large as hares. A few feed primarily on fish. Indigestible portions of their food, such as bones, hair, and feathers, are compressed and regurgitated as compact pellets; analysis of pellet contents reveals their prey species.
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