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By: soph9 (offline) on Thursday, April 08 2010 @ 08:00 AM EDT (Read 35138 times)  
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Mar 2, 2010
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Video: Eurasian Eagle Owl feeds their Babies


This Eagle Owl family has at least two chicks. The oldest chick was a week old on March 31.

The Eagle Owl is the largest European owl species, with a length of 60 - 75 cm (2' - 2' 6"Wink and wingspan of 160 cm (5' 3"Wink. A non-migratory raptor, this owl stays in its area year round. When a pair of Eagle Owls manages to breed successfully for a number of years, it can be assumed that the quality of its habitat is good.

In the Netherlands, they mainly breed in stone quarries (no bare cliffs here). Parts of these quarries aren't in use anymore, thus creating quiet areas for these shy birds, who are sensitive to disturbance. Protective measures need to be taken in the other areas where activities still take place (also recreation areas).

The camera, with its telelens, is at a safe distance. The cam can be controlled remotely, so as not to disturb the owl. Infrared light is used at night.

This pair of Eagle Owls has been breeding in this stone quarry for several years, usually on the same ledge. In 2007 they had 2, in 2008 3 and in 2009 one young. Last year, 3 eggs had been laid, but the owl was chased off the nest by ill-behaved youth. Probably 2 eggs cooled down too much, causing the embryos to die.

Its menu consists of Stock doves, Brown rats, Corvids, Hedgehogs, Rabbits, and occasionally birds of prey and owls. There are currently seven breeding pairs in the area.

Incubation period is February – June, one clutch, 2- 4 eggs. The incubation time is about 33 days. The young fledge after 4 weeks. They can’t fly very well, and they stay near the nest. By 9 weeks they can fly well.

Bubo bubo




Above information was taken from the English translations: http://genietvandelente.nl/viewforum.php?f=61" rel="nofollow"> http://genietvandelente.nl/viewforum.php?f=61


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By: soph9 (offline) on Friday, April 09 2010 @ 08:51 AM EDT  
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caught a little one stretching its wings....

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By: beans (offline) on Friday, April 09 2010 @ 01:43 PM EDT  
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Great catch! These owlets grow very fast. Before we know it, they will have fledged and left....


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By: soph9 (offline) on Saturday, April 10 2010 @ 11:46 AM EDT  
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according to the web site blog not a lot of food was brought in last night....mom is preening and showing off her wings!

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By: soph9 (offline) on Saturday, April 10 2010 @ 11:59 AM EDT  
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very alert and awake the little one's are and mom too. I see three....I think!

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By: beans (offline) on Saturday, April 10 2010 @ 02:08 PM EDT  
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Excellent picture of the owlets, Leslie!



Video: Baby Owl Takes a Peek at the World

We’ve seen three baby owlets, and we’ve seen the larger two often peck the youngest one. As long as there is enough food, the youngest chick will survive and grow up. When there’s a lack of food, the weakest chick will die and ultimately serve as food for his siblings. So far, enough prey has been delivered by the male. Soon the female will go hunting as well, and the young owlets will be left alone longer and longer.

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By: soph9 (offline) on Saturday, April 10 2010 @ 11:27 PM EDT  
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no mom or dad for over an hour.....


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By: soph9 (offline) on Sunday, April 11 2010 @ 12:07 AM EDT  
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still no sign of adults or food


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