27 March 2012 (The Beep!ing Owl)
On our way back from the kibbutz convenience store today, I suddenly heard a familiar sound. The BOP! cry of an owl that can be heard after dark these days. But the sun still hadn’t set yet.
“I don’t even know how to look it up on the Internet! How do you look up an owl that makes a BOP! sound?” We overheard a guy saying.
I couldn’t help laughing because I’ve had the exact same thought before. I still don’t know the name of this owl or what it looks like, but can recognize its cry immediately. To me it sounds more like the beeping of some electronic device (does this seem too typical of a way of thinking of a Japanese from Tokyo??). That’s what I honestly thought I was hearing when I heard it for the first time, because the cries are so persistent with the exact same intervals, it almost sounds automated.
So… how does one search an owl online with only the sound of its cry as a clue? I don’t think imitating the sound in front of my computer will help, will it??