Wednesday 16th April 2014
Whilst this is a season of new beginnings, we are also aware this is part of the ‘circle of life’. It’s always exciting to discover ‘such and such’ an owl species has bred at the centre for the first time. But when a person works with what is possibly one of the largest breeding collections of owls in the world, there are inevitably going to be some sad goodbyes. There was one such case last week. I have at length described our most successful resident breeding pair of Mackinder’s Eagle Owls; ‘Bert & Betty’ who live in the Breeding Ground. Betty is a feathered ‘virago’ who is unstinting in her attempts at ‘ripping my head off’. Luckily the mesh is always in the way! Bert on the other hand has been much laid back and gentle, sort of ‘chalk and cheese’. Well, they say opposites attract. Unfortunately Bert passed away suddenly last week. I went down to do my early morning stock check, and he was/seemed alright. I went down later on that morning only to find him dead. Needless to say, he went for a post mortem examination. It was found that he had heart problems, and on examination, the walls of his heart were found to be paper thin. Poor lad! We will miss him. As things stand, Betty is on her own, but taking very good care of her single owlet. Just so that we don’t finish this blog on a low note, Vicky has finally managed to get a good picture of the Pharaoh Eagle Owlets. Well, we have seen two owlets, but only one so far on camera. It is still early days.
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