Eyeshadow Verreaux’s Eagle Owl – Eyeshadow


     The crisp morning air and brightening sunlight spoke a promising  morning’s start in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation area … and the pledge did not disappoint.

     Without warning our safari vehicle abruptly came to rest in an open woodland by a stand of trees.  There, at nearly eye-level, sat a member of Africa’s largest owl species, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl.  Visually amazing in stature, its height [over two feet] was not the feature that drew my scrutiny.  Instead, it was the noticeably pink color of the bird’s eyelids that screamed for attention.

     In my copy of Birds of East Africa [Stevenson and Fanshawe], the authors describe the owl’s peculiar facial attribute as only easily perceived when the bird’s eyes are shut.

     I caught this portrait of the Verreaux’s Eagle Owl with its orbs mostly open displaying its salmon-colored eyeshadow.

~ Anecdote and Verreaux’s Eagle Owl capture, Eyeshadow © Jerry L. Ferrara.  Ngorongoro Conservation area, Tanzania, Africa.


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