An evil omen or a symbol of wisdom?

It probably depends on where you come from. Owls were considered birds of ill omen in many cultures around the world and perhaps they still are. To us Westerners though they are mostly considered, nowadays, as symbols of wisdom hence:

A wise old owl sat in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?

Which leads me nicely on to my next picture entitled The Little Owl.


This is signed but the signature is illegible. It is numbered 208/250 and it looks like a print of a pen and ink drawing. It is stunningly beautiful and clearly the artist was a master of his/her craft.

I don’t think this little owl looks evil (or cross and frowning as some descriptions would have a Little Owl look). I think he looks rather startled and very handsome.

Little Owls (Athene Noctua) were introduced to Britain in 1842. They are small and dumpy, grey/brown in colour and spotted with white. I think this one deserves a loving home, don’t you?


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