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Tawny Owl (owlets)

Strix aluco


Tawny owls are the most common and widespread of British owls. They emit the characteristic courtship ‘twit-twooo’ which is actually a duet between male and female. Typically, tawny owls occupy a favourite perch in broadleaf woodlands, from which they drop on to unsuspecting small mammals, such as voles. The inedible remains are regurgitated in the form of a pellet. Labour is divided between breeding pairs since the female incubates the clutch of eggs, and the male is responsible for feeding the chicks once they hatch.


Broadleaf woodlands


Photo's show 2 offspring belonging to my home breeding pair. I estimate their age at ~35 days.

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Desmond.E.S.O 5 years ago

Ya! The second pic isn't working for me ether.

catgrin 8 years ago

Great positions in the tree!

Emma7 8 years ago

That's a shame, it seems to be working at my end... I'll try reuploading later

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

So cute!! Great series! I couldn't see the 2nd photo...would love to!

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Carlisle, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on May 23, 2012
Submitted on May 23, 2012

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