Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Silver as the moonlight and just as sleek, I’m the winged sliver of elegance above the Balkan grasslands, the phantom silhouette of landscapes past. For centuries, I have matched my life in harmony with the people here, though I wonder if this breaking Earth still has place for beauty such as mine. If I depart, it will be with the same silence as I arrived. It is you who shall weep.
Ural Owl (Strix uralensis)
If you don’t believe in fate, you lose control of destiny. But it’s not written in the stars or cards or at the bottom of a coffee cup. It’s in the rodents — 3-year cycles, 5-year cycles, bubbles, crashes, vole economics. Born in a increasing vole year and you’ll have a happy childhood but struggle for property and career when you get to adulthood. Come to life in a crash and early hardship will be rewarded in later life — if you make it that far.