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“The Owl Pellet” by Kristin Gjerdset

Watercolor, pencil and ink, 2014

Walking the dog, I often find interesting subjects on the sidewalk; this owl pellet being one of them. I decided to make a study of the pellet itself then take it apart to determine what had been eaten.

In the top portion of the image, the largest blue and black form is the pellet intact. Scattered around are the hair and bones I found within. Much to my surprise, I found the hind foot of what looks to be from a cat. I was told by a local ornithologist, it is quite possible that this Great Horned Owl found a small cat for a meal!

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