In addition to the stunning views from the park above the city, a good part of the fun was to watch Italian kids and their families enjoy the demonstration. The last time I got this close to a "guffo" (like so many great Italian words, doesn't that sound more fun than "owl"?) was when I rescued a baby guffo trapped in our pool (see ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEAS (OF OUR SWIMMING POOL) from July 2011). As you can see below, the adult version is way more impressive, especially when its wings are fully expanded.
This other owl also wanted to get in on the action. He sat quietly, waiting for his moment.
Below is the gorgeous setting for this display. These Umbrian fields were the backdrop, while in front are the fascinating Etruscan ruins of Orvieto Underground. Of course if you are an owl, you can rotate your head 360 degrees and take in the whole panorama at once. But instead of the mice and rats on their menu, we humans get to eat the luscious pasta with truffles to be found in Orvieto's wonderful restaurants. I think we get the better deal.