I was so happy to meet my favourite bird again recently! Boss the Eagle Owl was on show at the Exmouth Festival along with a fine selection of birds of prey. His owner says that he's a real softie, and even a little lazy too. He's also very calm, but observant, as you can see from those glowing golden eyes. I first met Boss at a medieval street fair in our own town of Topsham last year, and it was love at first sight. (for me, that is - I can't speak for Boss). With Boss sitting proud on my gloved hand I feel proud, regal, and in great awe, too, of his stature and powers. Could I be emulating the Queen of the Night?
Of course, owls have a connection to far-sightedness and wisdom. The Greek goddess of wisdom, Athene, was associated with an owl, and some species of owl are even named after her. This Eurasian eagle-owl though has the Latin name 'bubo bubo', which doesn't have quite the same ring about it.
The eagle-owl-eyed among you may notice that I'm wearing exactly the same T-shirt and hat as I am in the photo taken with Boss last year, on the 'About' page of this website. So is the photo a fake? No - just one of those strange coincidences! And I do have other clothes that I wear, I promise. Perhaps this is my 'lucky owl' outfit!