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Old September 14th, 2015, 06:00 AM   #51

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The Owl Service, a 1967 update for young adults of the Welsh legend of Blodeuwedd who was turned into an owl after being unfaithful;


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Triceratops,

Thanks for sharing those wonderful stories. I love the second one, with the damn annoying grasshopper getting her comeuppance! Nicely done.
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Moving away from cultural depictions of owls and back to the birds themselves, a photograph of the rare Blakiston's Fish Owl from Japan;

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The aptly named Little Owl:

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Here is the opening credits to the mid-1980s movie, Labyrinth, starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. Bowie's character is the Goblin King, and transforms into a barn owl. In the credits the owl is done by computer, but they have a real barn owl in the movie at the beginning and end. I believe it is a barn owl, if not perhaps somebody can tell me which owl it is?

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Composite painting of three owls, a Burrowing Owl from Florida, a Pearl Spotted Owl from Namibia and a Tawny Owl from Britain;

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Here is an image of a Barn Owl. It reminds me of the owl on Labyrinth, where David Bowie's character would change into the owl. I wonder if that owl was also a barn owl?
I'm an adult that still loves that movie, I even bought the novelization last year (which has Jim Henson's personal notes and previously unpublished illustrations by Brian Froud). But yes, it's a barn owl, in the movie and in the book (where it's called the White Owl, a literal translation of the barn owl's Latin name).
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I liked the European Tawny Owl when I was stationed in Augsburg, Germany. They are large and fluffy-looking, and are conditioned to being near people. It belongs to the same genus as the North American Barred Owl and Spotted Owl. On sunny winter days you could see one or two sunning them selves in old trees with large cavities in whitch they otherwise hid during the day, in the expansive gardens at Nymphenburg Palace in Munich. Maybe you still can, there in Munich.
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Baby owl boogie: young bird appears to dance at UK sanctuary ? video | World news | The Guardian
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I'm an adult that still loves that movie, I even bought the novelization last year (which has Jim Henson's personal notes and previously unpublished illustrations by Brian Froud). But yes, it's a barn owl, in the movie and in the book (where it's called the White Owl, a literal translation of the barn owl's Latin name).
I fell in love with that movie as a kid when it came out, and wore out the VHS tape later on! Just recently I found it on Netflix, and loved seeing it again. A timeless classic, even though we have to deal with Bowie's unfortunate costume.
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