Don't disappear when you see this picture! It is not what it looks like at first glance!
I was lucky enough to be given these rather strange looking objects a few days ago.
No, they are not fur balls brought up from one very fluffy feline!..... Any ideas?
I'll give you a clue... They come out of the most beautiful winged creatures!....
Some of you might have guessed that they are infact owl pellets.
Owls regurgitate these pellets after eating, to get rid of the things that they can't digest. When I was given the opportunity of aquiring some via my Dad, through a friend he has, whose job it is to ring owls and check their nesting boxes, I thought how interesting!
For anyone that might be a little squeamish. The pellets are totally dry, do not smell at all. Infact they felt rather soft, being mainly made of animal fur.
Pulling them apart carefully reveals just what this owl has been eating.....
Look carefully at the minute teeth on this skull...
The bones are so tiny I put a penny in the photograph to show just how small.
They are very fragile.
Isn't it amazing to see all natures detail in minature.
I didn't dissect all of the pellets, just three. I thought I would let the children have a go too.
I have also been working on some Owls this week. A hand painted heart and a hanger, that you can see here.....
These will be listed on Etsy shortly.