Aliens in bird form or remnants of ancient myth?
Owls are all this and more. I was lucky enough to see one tracking a squirrel the other day. The owl was a master of patience, and on the wing, it turned into a hunting machine. That prey had no chance. It was like seeing a David Attenborough film in real life, harshness and beauty in coexistence.
As Yolen puts it:
When you go owling you have to be brave.