I have been waiting to share this with you for so long now. Look at that darling hawk owl using his tail feathers to hold him in place while he uses his wings for balance You might be wondering what he is doing? He’s actually retrieving his cache from the crevice, hole, nooks and crannies of this tree. What these amazing day time hunters do is catch their prey and they actually store it the trees which is like their refrigerators, freezers or pantries for days when it’s too cold to hunt and they want to conserve their energy. Now you’re going to see him actually pull the prey out and fly away. It’s absolutely marvelous! I think this is one of my favorite owls to watch in the wild. Here are some photos of him actually retrieving the cache This is one of my favorite days because when he finally gets it you see all of the snow falling around him from the action from him getting in there and getting his tasty morsel. Now some days I would wander into the forest I would see him just like this perched in the sun and I’d think “you are so cute” and then I would watch him for a little longer thinking oh he’s going to preen but no he has something hidden in there. What is that? That is the frozen prey he would retrieve from one of his twelve or more caches in this little tiny forest. I could not believe my eyes! What he’s doing right now is he is he’s thawing it out he’s defrosting it! He’s putting it inside his warm plumage close to his chest trying to generate some kind of warmth to thaw that critter out! Now I much prefer showing you footage of his frozen prey that alive prey. I’m quite sure a lot of you would not like to see the reality of this with the insides of the critter being strewn about with blood. This is the wild and I am all about OWL this is reality. I’m really glad I got to share this with you ~ the frozen prey in which he had plenty. It literally took him 3 hours from the moment he took his cache to defrost it & to swallow the remains whole. I was freezing in minus 30 below zero but I had to capture this because I hadn’t seen anything like it in my life. When it’s frozen you can’t gobble that down in a couple gulps. You have to really work at it almost like an osprey does with a fish, it takes forever. But I’m saving the best part for last it’s not for the squeamish I was really excited to see him swallow the remaining prey I like how he maneuvers it using his feet and talons to get it just right for optimum swallowage. (swallowing) (if that’s a word) I talked with a friend who works with owls I was worried and concerned thinking how do they not choke? How is he breathing? They actually have a hole in their mouth in which they can swallow the largest of prey and still be able to breathe. The airway of the hole in their mouth or tongue I forget which one it is, it actually goes right to their lungs so they’re perfectly fine. Isn’t it amazing? watching this little darling gobble down his breakfast.