Wednesday 23rd April 2014
There are a few hopeful signs of owlets round the centre. We have heard owlet noises in the American Barn Owls and the Dark-breasted Barn Owls in the Breeding Ground, as well as both pairs of Western Screech Owls. The Tengmalm’s Owls in the Main Display are looking ‘interesting’. The male is very keen when extra food is put on the feed table. All in all, the 2014 breeding season seems to be well underway.
The owlets of the various Eagle Owl species are out and about at present, looking very photogenic. For anybody wanting to photograph them, I think ‘now’ is the time to visit.
We’ve had another casualty over the last week. Our male African Wood Owl has been under the weather. It went to the vet, as its feet were swollen. The vet diagnosed bumble foot. which is an infection of the feet. However, this bird has been in rather poor condition for some time, with no discernible cause. The verdict being that the bumble foot may be caused by the bird’s bad condition. He is getting on a bit in years, being 16 years old. He has had a course of antibiotics to help treat the underlying cause. He is now back in his aviary. Fingers crossed. I’ll leave you with another picture of the Pharaoh Eagle Owlets. Picture courtesy of Vicky Lane.
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