Superb Owl Sunday

A special Sunday event, a photographic essay celebrating a few of these magnificent raptors. Not Falcons (nor Patriots), these superb owls hail from Europe, Asia, North and South America, captured in photos both recent and more than a century old. If you have some time today before the big game (or are skipping the event entirely) I invite you to have a look. [28 photos total]

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A white-faced owl (otus leucotis) photographed at the Photokina fair on September 21, 2010 in Cologne, Germany. (EyesWideOpen / Getty) #
A burrowing owl looks stands on the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro during a practice session for the 2016 Summer Olympics on September 8, 2016. (Andrew Boyers / Reuters) #
A few snowflakes melt on the face of Cloudy, a snowy owl, during the cold blustery winter day at the Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo, New York, on January 28, 2004. (David Duprey / AP) #
A female great horned owl on her nest, photographed in 2009. (Dennis Demcheck / U.S.G.S.) #
An owl in flight. View original photo here. (CC BY Geoff Sloan) #
A man stops to pose for photographs on his motorcycle, carrying his pet owl and dog, as he arrives at an area where Brazilian Socialist Party presidential candidate, Marina Silva, will campaign in the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, on August 30, 2014. (Leo Correa / AP) #
Portrait of a screech owl. View original photo here. (CC BY Scott Markowitz) #
During World War I, a French soldier of the 92nd Infantry Regiment holdx an eagle owl in a trench in France,. ca. 1916. (Corbis via Getty) #
Russian painter Natalia Tsarkova poses with her owl in downtown Rome on February 14, 2013. (Max Rossi / / Reuters) #
A Snowy Owl sits in the stubble of a corn field as snow falls near Macy, Indiana, on January 13, 2016. (Michael Conroy / AP) #
"Hoot Hoot I Scream", an owl-shaped ice cream stand in Los Angeles, California, circa 1930. Apparently the owl's head rotated and its eyes lit up, backed by headlights from a Buick. (George Rinhart / Corbis via Getty) #
A Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) reacts after being fed at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) center in Amritsar, India, on November 16, 2012. The owl which is rarely seen in this region became entangled in the string of a kite string and was rescued by SPCA members. (Narinder Nanu / AFP / Getty) #
Red Bull driver Mark Webber, of Australia, steers his car past an owl during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on November 27, 2011. (Andre Penner / AP) #
A brown owl is displayed for sale at an animal market in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 22, 2007. (Ahmad Zamroni / AFP / Getty) #
A snowy owl landing on January 25, 2009. (CC BY-SA Bert de Tilly) #
Passers-by take a selfie with owl "Wasabi" perching on the arm of Chihiro Kawamoto, an owl cafe employee, on a street at Harajuku shopping district in Tokyo, on March 6, 2016. (Shizuo Kambayashi / AP) #
An eagle-owl, which grew up in captivity, in the Russian Falcon center at the Research Institute for Nature protection in Moscow, on November 18, 2009. (Denis Sinyakov / Reuters) #
Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputy Sophie Berman crouches over a small owl, for a brief encounter before the bird flew away, near Rainbow Lakes, outside Nederland, Colorado, on July 21, 2015. (Dan Walter / Boulder County Sheriff’s Office via AP) #
Elton the spectacled owl sits on a scale at London Zoo as the zookeepers weigh and measure the animals for their annual weigh-in in London on August 22, 2012. (Andrew Cowie / AFP / Getty) #
A burrowing owl rests on the ninth hole of the Olympic golf course near its nest in a sand bunker during a practice round for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 5, 2016. (Eric Gay / AP) #
A Eurasian eagle-owl is pictured at the zoo of Amneville, France, on June 5, 2012 (Jean-Christophe Verhaegen / AFP / Getty) #
A great gray owl rests in the Rambouillet forest, on July 31, 2013, some 50 km outside of Paris. (Joel Saget / AFP / Getty) #
President George W. Bush holds a screech owl during a tour of the Patuxent Research Refuge on October 20, 2007, in Laurel, Maryland. (Evan Vucci / AP) #
Visitors look at a larger-than-life photograph of a snowy owl, part of an exhibition at the Summer Garden, in St. Petersburg on May 23, 2013. The annual street photo-exhibition, which consists of 60 photos displaying animals and birds listed in the Red Book of Russia, was organized to match the International Day for Biological Diversity introduced by the United Nations General Assembly. (Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters) #
An owl named "Distinto" flies to her trainer inside a park as part of the birds exercise routine outside a cage at the former Buenos Aires Zoo, Argentina, on July 1, 2016. (Natacha Pisarenko / AP) #
A pair of Great Grey Owls or Lapland Owls sits inside an open air cage at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on October 6, 2011. (Ilya Naymushin / Reuters) #
A Philippine eagle owl (Bubo philippensis) inside the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City, Metro Manila, on November 6, 2009. (John Javellana / Reuters) #
An owl flies over the stadium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match between Honduras and Trinidad & Tobago, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on November 15, 2016. (Gerardo Mazariegos / AFP / Getty) #

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