Northern Hawk Owl eats frozen dinner ~ Warning raptor eats frozen prey


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.

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  1. Your videos are more beautiful than National Geographic โ™ฅ๏ธ No one captures these majestic creatures than you! ๐Ÿ˜Šโœจโœจโœจ

  2. Wow this is amazing, Heather.

    So what I understand an owl also puts a winter stock, no matter how smart.

    well i know that from squirrels, but never heard from owls, you told me a new truth, nice to see he first tries to thaw it, i enjoyed it till the end.

    Greetings from Holland.

    Nice new week and greetings.

    Peter :))

  3. Great footage, as usual, my friend. Thanks for your passion, my friend! Thanks for sharing. I always watched in full, my friend, because I want to and this is to avoid spam as well. There's a lot in my folder, huh! See you around my friend. Fully watched.

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  9. learn something on every video, never knew there was a hawk owl โœ”109 wow where do u live being so cold good video my owl friend sorry about the very late comment haven't been on much lately. You got some really good captures I wish I live where there is animal life, lifeless around here except the insects ๐Ÿ‘ Your videos Rock
    –Heather Thee Owl Queen

  10. Good Day Heather – Amazing video! I am totally impressed by how you captured this behavior with the owl, especially considering the brutal cold conditions you were working in. Your dedication to your work is absolutely fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing this video and educating us on what was happening. Have an awesome day. Warm Regards, Randy in Arizona, USA

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  13. I never thought about this possible habit of Owls, but it was so exciting to watch Your recording and I was so absorbed that I lost the feeling of being sat on my office chair…
    Amazing… And such a quality!! Now I will take a sponge cake from the freezer and defrost it under my sweater… ^ ^ Congratulations dear Heather for filming the impossible.. The Top!!!!

  14. Hi my dear friend , thank you for your support and beautiful comments on my videos when i was absent on Youtube , warm greetings , Rezan

  15. so great shots – big like – many thanks dear Heather – th up 203 – all the best – have a great rest of the week – warm greetings Petra

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  17. Amazing footage and camera work! Subbed and liked ๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ you are the Owl Queen ๐Ÿ‘‘ full view

  18. nice video i like your channel, if you like planted tanks with snails, shrimps, bettas or frogs look at my videos to relax or sleep, nice greetings from germany-;:*:

  19. Good thing it is frozen so no blood is showing but I feel the brutality of it hehe! This is normal, this is wild life.

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  21. Great videoโค๏ธ๐Ÿฆ‰I've never seen such a beautiful owl and moving this way. Really wonderful upload๐Ÿ‘

  22. That was something I never have seen before!!! Brilliant captures and an excellent documentary of wildlife and the northern hawk owl! Very interesting to see how they refrigerate their catch , saving it for the difficult days – I wonder if they teach each other to do that ..or its just instinct?
    Fantastic work my friend!

  23. That was something I never have seen before!!! Brilliant captures and an excellent documentary of wildlife and the northern hawk owl! Very interesting to see how they refrigerate their catch , saving it for the difficult days – I wonder if they teach each other to do that ..or its just instinct?
    Fantastic work my friend!

  24. I agree with Nena! Thank you so much for the unreal natural wildlife video dear Heather! Especially thanks for the subtitles and their translation in many languages! I so love your incredible work!

  25. Deine Videos sind immer sehr speziell und interessant…dafรผr danke ich dir liebe Heather…Herzliche GrรผรŸe aus Deutschland, Lolo

  26. Dear Heater. Sometimes I make a crossword puzzle and a word is asked for someone stupid. The answer is then owl, but none of that is correct, look how smart these birds are Dear greetings Jan

  27. Wow, this was really interesting ๐Ÿ‘ Thank you very much for doing this cold job for showing us these great scenes, it was absolutely worth your while! Have a wonderful day ๐Ÿฆ‰ Greetings

  28. Oh, the poor thing! Judging by it's size that must be approximately like a human trying to swallow at least 10 pounds of frozen meat – at once! I mean, even if that was possible – we would be all frozen up inside!
    So relieved to hear that the dear thing is going to all right – breathing and all ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    Amazing footage, Heather!

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  30. That is so cool…this is when we realize how smart these wild animals are …great video!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

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  32. This is incredible! I didn't know Owls were this intelligent enough to store, retrieve and de-frost prey they've caught. The end sequence reminded me of the Black-shouldered Kite I recently filmed swallowing a Lizard, tail and all, and I too was amazed it didn't choke. But I now know how they do it so thank you for sharing this fantastic footage with us and for the very informative commentary. I learn something very day! Best wishes to you Heather. Doug

  33. Absolutely fantastic documentary of this wonderful Northern hawk owl, dear Heather! Breathtaking recordings and excellent video, big like ๐Ÿ‘233

    Thank you very much. I hope you have a lovely and successful week. Cordial greetings ๐Ÿ™‚ Richard

  34. One upload more beautiful and interesting than the other one on Your amazing channel, dear Heather !๐Ÿ‘ Thank You so much for all Your wonderful shares, my friend !๐Ÿ˜˜ I always just ๐Ÿ˜A๐Ÿ˜D๐Ÿ˜O๐Ÿ˜R๐Ÿ˜E๐Ÿ˜ watching and listening till the end !!!
    Wish You a happy day !๐Ÿ˜Š
    Many warm greetings,
    Arlette

  35. amazing how they store and retrieve there food
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  36. Alรฉm de bonitas , sรฃo muito inteligentes , essas corujas. Obrigado , Heather , por mais um maravilhoso e curioso , documentรกrio ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ™Renato

  37. Awwww so cute! Great vid Heather. Thanks for sharing. Stay safe ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒน

  38. Hi Heather. I found your site through Knut Fugl's site and I am glad I did. I also love owls, and raised a Great Horned when I was a boy. This footage along with your comments is so interesting. You have a new subscriber who is really looking forward to your coming videos!

  39. Beautiful owl !!! Thank you for the interesting video. 248// Full view. All the best to You, dear friend Heather !!!

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