The Great Grey Owl or Great Gray Owl - Strix nebulosa - is one of the world's largest owls, distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. In some areas it is also called Phantom of the north, Cinereous Owl, Spectral Owl, Lapland Owl, Spruce Owl, Bearded Owl, and Sooty Owl.
The Great Grey Owl is recognizable thanks to its large size and its huge round head that can rotate up to 270 degrees, or 3/4 turn.
This feature, shared by all owls, allows her to see the sides and behind.
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Couple of White Storks - Ciconia ciconia - standing in their nest and noisy bill-clattering - Dombes, France
The adult White Stork's main sound is noisy bill-clattering, which has been likened to distant machine gun fire. The bird makes these sounds by rapidly opening and closing its beak so that a knocking sound is made each time its beak closes. The clattering is amplified by its throat pouch, which acts as a resonator.
The bill-clattering is often part of a greeting ceremony between adults at the nest where one or both birds may throw their heads backwards until the bill is upside-down and almost touching their backs. Bill-clattering is sometimes performed unforgettably by large flocks of migrant birds especially when they are about to tumble out of the sky in search of a roosting site.
In many parts of Europe the White stork is an unmissable bird, attending to its huge nests on the rooftops and telegraph poles of numerous towns and villages. It is unmistakable, with a white body, mostly black wings, red legs and a long red bill.
Breeds in towns and villages on the tops of roofs and poles or, in colonies, in trees in open parkland. Feeds mostly in fields and meadows.
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A fascinating animal : the wolf, in the most stunning of environments : the Mercantour national park.
In social animals, the alpha is the individual in the community with the highest rank. Wolves show deference to the alpha pair in their pack by allowing them to be the first to eat and, usually, the only pair to reproduce.
It is common behavior in a wolf pack for the alpha pair to be the only two to mate. It keeps the numbers under control, for too many wolves in the pack, especially puppies, would be a liability. Many hungry mouths and not enough hunters means they could all suffer. Instead, each wolf devotes itself completely to the few puppies that are born to the alpha pair, making sure they grow up to be strong and beneficial additions to the pack.
Since 1992, the wolves that had been exterminated in France over a hundred years ago are living here again. They kept migrating across the Italian ‘green border’. Today, there are 25 to 30 wolves divided into packs of five to six, roaming through the seven valleys of the park again.
The Mercantour National Park is a unique nature reserve located in the very southeast corner of France. It covers an area of 2152 square kilometers, almost the size of the Principality of Monaco. The Mercantour is a unique nature reserve that aims at integrating distinguished ideals such as the protection of nature, the local and economic advancement and the preservation of traditional land use.
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