I was sent this picture by a work colleague. Michael, who got it from his Polish teacher (nod nod, wink wink, say no more).
It is supposed to be a picture of an owl standing on the external windowsill of our office at Zlote Tarasy.
There’s no question that the windowsill and the background are correct for such a shot. Not sure which level it was taken from but that’s not important. There are however a few questions one might ask about the owl, which I think is a Long-eared Owl (Asio otus):
- A nocturnal animal out in the daylight?
- A very secretive animal visiting the town centre?
- An animal that is written to be between 31-37 cm long suddenly growing to be (as I calculate from the photo) at least 40 up to 50 cm long?
- A scared animal (hence the tall “ear” feathers) standing still long enough to get such a clean shot on the spur of the moment?
Is this the first time anyone has spotted the “Greater Polish Long-eared Diurnal Tough-guy Owl”, did a real owl escape from the zoo or is this photo a fake?
Expert, or otherwise, opinions are appreciated.