A Snowy Owl flying over a grassy landscape with a small grass roofed cottage. Snowy Owls are one of the three owls found in Iceland. This illustration is the month of March in my 2016 owl calendar.
This year’s owl calendar is now up in the shop! All new illustrations from past years, plus some brand new illustrations that I will be featuring here on the blog over the next couple weeks.
I always have fun selecting and drawing the different months. Have any favorites? I’m a little partial to July this year.
You can find them in the shop here:
A new illustration of a snowy owl sitting on a driftwood log, under a star filled sky and the glowing Aurora Borealis.
This is my owl Holiday card design for this year, which you can find in the shop here:
Packs of 10 will be available in a couple days!
Snowy Owlets on the Tundra
Three fuzzy, gray owlets sitting among moss, rocks, and feathers. Two snowy owls flying and an orange sun in the background.
Inked and ready to watercolor.
Whimsical Illustrated Owl Species Chart
13×19 Print: https://www.etsy.com/listing/182308646/illustrated-owl-species-chart-whimsical
This has been on my list to draw for a while now and I finally got around to it. It was a fun challenge figuring out how to portray and differentiate each owl. Not sure I can pick a favorite. I’m particularly happy with the great grey, screech, and northern hawk owl.
Snowy Owl and Red Winter Sun
A snowy Winter landscape with bare deciduous trees, a flying Snowy Owl, and a large red sun. Possible Christmas card for this year?
I have a new tradition of drawing Christmas Cards every year. I will have a couple owls this year. This is the first, a simple and fun Snowy Owl and falling snow.
During my research and reading for this project I’ve learned a lot of things about owls. I thought I’d share some of the more interesting and quirky facts I’ve come across. So, here are 10 fun owl facts.
1. Elf owls are known to play dead when caught.
2. If spotted during the day Owls are often “mobbed” or followed and pestered by groups of smaller birds. Crows will mob Great Horned Owls, chickadees will mob Northern Pygmy Owls.
3. Northern Pygmy Owls have dark markings on the back of their head, a set of “false eyes” to confuse predators and groups of mobbing birds. Check out this video! http://www.flickr.com/photos/hone-preston/6824590598/
They can also easily be mistaken for a pine cone!
Northern Pygmy Owl. Photo by brodman’s 17 on Flickr
4. In Winter Short-eared Owls gather in large groups, these roosts can include up to 200 owls.
5. Owls’ ears are at different heights on its head enabling them to directionally pinpoint a sound. Great Grey and Northern Saw-Whet Owls are so good at this they can catch prey hidden under snow.
Great Grey Owl. Photo by Juan Pons
6. The “horns” or ear tufts on some owls aren’t really ears (or horns). They are feather tufts thought to be used for camouflage and silent communication.
7. Snowy Owls aggressively defend their nest sites, driving away Arctic Foxes and even Wolves by dive bombing. Geese and ducks are known to nest near Snowy Owls to take advantage of this, even though they are potential prey of the owls. It’s thought Snowies often don’t hunt near their nest sites.
8. Burrowing owlets will mimic a rattlesnake’s rattle to scare predators.
Burrowing Owl. Photo by Muriel on Flickr
9. Great Horned Owls are very adaptable. Their range covers the majority of North America, Central America, and parts of South America. They live in a wide variety of habitats, including deserts, suburbs, swamps, and northern Boreal forests.
Great Horned Owl. Photo by Ed Post on Flickr
10. Sometimes Owls will store extra food if there is an over abundance. In cold climates owls like the Northern Saw-Whet will sit on their leftovers to thaw it.
That’s it for now, hope you enjoyed them! Thanks to these photographers that allowed me to use these amazing owl photos!
Snowy Owl and route 2 road sign
Print available in my shop