Wildlife photographer Alain Balthazard photographed this short-eared owl turning its head upside down in Champagne-Ardenne, France. The birds, also found in Northern England and Scotland, turn their heads up to 270 degrees in a display of surprise and curiosity when humans approach.
Cochliasanthus caracalla (Fabaceae) is a neotropical, perennial vine with fragrant flowers said to be reminiscent of hyacinths, and a distinctive curled shape, giving rise to its common names. It is the only member of the genus Cochliasanthus and was formerly considered to belong to the genus Vigna.
In wild this species can be found in Guatemala, Panama, Brazil, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Other common names: Corkscrew flower, Corkscrew vine, Snailflower. Syn. Vigna caracalla.