Animals Wildlife Photo: Sideways Glance, Owl-Style By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated August 13, 2020 Tony LePrieur / Flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species Our photo of the day offers a quick lesson in the wonders of an owl. Upon first glance this short-eared owl photographed by Tony LePrieur looks pretty normal ... until you notice that those eyes are stacked up rather than side-by-side, giving this bird of prey a bit of Picassoesque flair. Aside from looking delightfully inquisitive and just very cute, the turning about of an owl's head is really quite a wonder. Given the range of movement – they regularly swivel their heads around 270 degrees – it would seem as if the head is barely attached. They can do this thanks to their unique neck anatomy that works to support their vision. Their large eyes are built a bit like telescopes, which means they are excellent for spotting prey, but they can't move around very much. What to do? Have a super flexible neck and head that can do the moving for them. Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group.