Friday, 1 June 2012

Suburban Owls


I was invited for lunch at some friends' place in a northern Brisbane suburb and there I was surprised once again to see how wildlife is living just on the door-step of people's homes. Many times flamboyant, colourful, noisy and extravagant, other times quiet, secretive and unassuming. The Southern Boobook Owl, Ninox novaeseelandiae, was roosting sheltered on a lower palm leaf, scarcely about two meters from the ground, just on the side of the entrance driveway, silently sleeping and watching at times the comings and goings of both resident people and cars.


He or she didn't appear to be shy or scared, but allowed people to watch him from a very close distance, slowly closing and opening one eye-lid while keeping the other open and vigilant. Once again I found the owl's facial expressions very interesting and charming, softly moving and changing. Boobook Owls are very widespread all over Australia and their night call, a loud and repeated 'book-book' is perhaps one of the best known nocturnal sounds, you can hear a couple of samples here.
Good luck on you Mr. Hoot!


Work in progress

9 comments:

  1. Hi, Matteo,
    Soooo beautiful, charming!! I felt as is I were able to feel the owl physically.
    Kind regards, Sadami

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  2. What a treat to get that close to the Boobook owl.

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  3. Stunning work, Matteo!
    The details are just superb. I love how you added a tiny insect into the picture.

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  4. This is super fabulous work and so manu details. Fantastic work Matteo. Love the owls and I admire your background painting also. Fabulous .
    Lovely greet
    Marja

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  5. Fantastic composition, Matteo
    Now I´m working in a Athene noctua; I´ll upload some images to my blog.
    Regards

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  6. BONJOJUR MATTEO TES AQUARELLES SONT EXQUISES COMME D HABITUDE - J ADORE LE HIBOU - BISES - CECILE LA BRODEUSE

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  7. Many thanks everybody, merci beaucoup Cecile!

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  8. I love this piece. Your composition and colors are really terrific. I can't stop looking at it :) Thanks so much for posting this.

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  9. Thank you J.S., I guess this one shows my love for owls..
    Cheers

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