What is it about owls that makes them so fascinating and appealing? I think there's something rather human about their faces, with their forward facing, blinking eyes. Yet clearly they are very un-human, with their nocturnal hunting and curious, swivelling heads. They are somehow both strange and familiar.
On my reading list is Desmond Morris's book about owls, with intriguing chapters such as "prehistoric owls" (really, prehistoric?) and "medicinal owls". Look out for The Owl Club's book report!