Saw Whet Owl
the best owl ever!
Prey animals have adapted to be nocturnal, so that they can come out of their safe dens and find food when most of their predators are asleep. So, the saw-whet owl adapted with them to be active at the same time as its' prey so hunting is much easier and more efficient.
The saw-whet owl has many adaptations that make hunting at night easy.
Owl Flying at Night
night vision allows saw-whet owls to hunt at night, when their prey is active
silent feathers, strong toes/sharp talons, and strong night vision allow this owl to make this catch
Owl Brings Home Prey
an owl brings its prey back to it's nest in a tree
(1) they are very large and let in plenty of light to see with
(2) they have more structures within their eyes called rods that allow light in than humans, so they can see better with less light. they lack as many cone structures that allow color vision, however, that humans have more of
(3) they have a special sort of mirror at the back of they eye called a tapetum lucidum that makes the light coming into the eye bounce back to the rods, so their is a better chance of the light hitting them
huge owl eyes
let in more light for superior night vision
more rod structures in eyes
rods are the structures in eyes that take in light to allow sight: having more, means more light to use to see in the dark
special reflective lens at back of eye that makes light bounce of and hit rods again