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Steve Morvell Australian Wildlife Artist Barn owl Charcoal engraving - painting on board
'Startled- Barn owl'
30 x 46cm Coloured charcoal engraving, and drawing - painting on board
The common Barn owl has remarkably acute hearing because of its large and characteristic facial disk which acts like a radar dish and also because of its asymmetric ears which helps discriminate position of a sound very easily.Its huge eyes are typically those of an exclusive night hunter with large number of light collecting rods in the retina. Though these rods collect light very effectively there are few cone cells which discriminate colour and therefore these owls see mostly in monochrome.
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