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FREE READ Ú The Secret Life of the Owl ↠ ‘Dusk is filling the valley It is the time of the gloaming the owl light Out in the wood the resident tawny has started calling Hoo hoo hoo h o o o’ There is something about owls They feature in every major culture from the Stone Age onwards They are creatures of the night and thus of magic They aTidings the avian messengers from the Other Side But owls – with the sapient flatness of their faces their big round eyes their paternal expressions – are also reassuringly familiar We see them as wise like Athena’s owl and loyal like Harry Potter's Hedwig Human like in other words No other species has so captiva. Birds of prey have always fascinated me they are the pinnacle of evolution as predators and have honed their techniues to maximise their efficiency A glimpse of one is always special whether it is a pair of buzzards wheeling on the thermals a kestrel hovering over a motorway verge or the stoop of the feathered exocet that is the peregrine I have only ever seen one owl in the wild though; just after dusk this shadow dropped off a tree from the woods near my back garden and glided close over my head It was an unnerving experienceNocturnal creatures have always had an element of enchantment about them with their ability to move in almost total darkness Those that fly like bats and owls can seem almost magical Their special ualities have captivated mankind for millennia and there are traces of owls in cultures going back as far as the Stone Age Their rounded faces with the penetrating gaze have made us consider them as wise creatures but their night activities meant that some thought they were bearers of omens and messages from the other side The legends that they have inspired are only eualled by their actual abilities; some species can rotate their head almost all the way round some can hover others can fly completely silently I see him Just a leaf blown through the pillars of the autumn oaksJohn Lewis Stempel is one of our current crop of writers that have taken the mantle of nature writing from luminaries of the genre such as JA Baker and Roger Deakin and made it their own Lewis Stempel has drawn on the prose and poetry from a variety of sources to shine a light on the elusive owl as well as drawing on personal experience of the owls that inhabit his land in Herefordshire I could read John Lewis Stempel’s prose all day and this is almost perfect with just one tiny flaw; it is too short This is a lovely addition to my natural history library 45 stars


‘Dusk is filling the valley It is the time of the gloaming the owl light Out in the wood the resident tawny has started calling Hoo hoo hoo h o o o’ There is something about owls They feature in every major culture from the Stone Age onwards They are creatures of the night and thus of magic They are the birds of ill. Owls then are Other They are beyond the pale of light civilization goodness When the medieval English needed a neologism for the crime of midnight smuggling of wool fleeces to France what did they offend 'Owling' I don't think there is another kind of bird that inspires such attention and fascination as the owl A creature with a human like face but full of dark grace and extreme intelligence I'he always found owls extremely fascinating although I can't deny that they do make me feel uncomfortable It's very difficult to come across this haunting bird in Athens but a few of them have become close companions each time we visit our mountain lodge This lovely book is a small treasure beautifully written and atmosphericWe all know the significance of the owl in cultures all over the world The harbinger of Death and the eternal symbol of Wisdom the chosen companion of the goddess AthenaIn Macbeth the witches' potion would be incomplete without the wing of an owlFlorence Nightingale and Pablo Picasso had owls as petsNaturally the most interesting chapter was the one dedicated to the ages old association between the owl and Death A superstition that goes back to the Sumerians and the Assyrians and one that still holds fast in a significant number of cultures around the world I found a wealth of information in this section For example I didn't know that owls were placed on graves during the Shang dynasty in China and that Chinese people born on the year of the owl were on considered as suspects of potential matricideOwls were considered spiritual ferymmen in the Native American cultureOn the other hand owls are symbols of good fortune a belief that started in Athens and spread far and wideThey acuired a weird starring role in alternative medicine they were used as a means to ward off misfortuneThis book is graced with beautiful atmospheric writing fully doing justice to the mystery to the haunting beauty of this most fascinating of birds Lewis Stempel paints with words It can't get any better than that The language he uses to blend facts and fiction is perfection Poems and beautiful sketches provide an old fashioned nostalgic vibe and the experiences of the writer and Old Brown the owl that has made its home in the yard were extremely interesting The scream comes from only yards away; it is a scream that terrifies the night I and the little animals in the wood stop and hold our breathThe distinctive high pitched wail is well known to us wood folk If I was cold before I am colder now

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The Secret Life of the OwlTed us In The Secret Life of the Owl John Lewis Stempel explores the legends and history of the owl And in vivid lyrical prose he celebrates all the realities of this magnificent creature whose natural powers are as fantastic as any myth'John Lewis Stempel is one of the best nature writers of his generation' Country Lif. 45 starsDelightful ☺️Beautifully written Short but rich with information superstition and even poetry 🦉