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Apr 22, 2018 23:35 |  #1

they grow fast


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Apr 23, 2018 04:35 |  #2

Still ugly, but showing signs of hope!:-) Good shooting, Bob.


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Apr 25, 2018 10:28 |  #3

Cool find, Bob. :)


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Apr 25, 2018 17:28 |  #4

When you first posted shots of these owlets, there were four of them. Are the others no more, i.e. been eaten by these two?


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Apr 25, 2018 21:25 |  #5

ardeekay wrote in post #18611813 (external link)
Still ugly, but showing signs of hope!:-) Good shooting, Bob.

Thanks Rog

EyeSpyEagle wrote in post #18613234 (external link)
Cool find, Bob. :)

Thank you!

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When you first posted shots of these owlets, there were four of them. Are the others no more, i.e. been eaten by these two?

they are on a large shelf in an old barn. One fell off and died shortly after the first post. Another fell down later but is ok and still being care for. I was out there over the weekend and another has fallen to the ground but appears to be ok.


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Apr 26, 2018 15:28 |  #6

OMG, they're so fluffy and cute.


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Apr 26, 2018 17:38 |  #7

JohnfromBrissy wrote in post #18614141 (external link)
OMG, they're so fluffy and cute.

You may think they look cute, John, but, with respect, I think we shall have to disagree on that! For anyone not familiar with this species, the female starts to incubate her eggs as soon as the first one is laid so that the hatchlings are at different stages of development, with the first to hatch being large enough and strong enough to overcome and eat the smaller and weaker owlets if there is a shortage of rodents and so guarantee its survival. Ain't nature wonderful? :rolleyes:


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Apr 26, 2018 21:27 |  #8

Trik wrote in post #18614222 (external link)
You may think they look cute, John, but, with respect, I think we shall have to disagree on that! For anyone not familiar with this species, the female starts to incubate her eggs as soon as the first one is laid so that the hatchlings are at different stages of development, with the first to hatch being large enough and strong enough to overcome and eat the smaller and weaker owlets if there is a shortage of rodents and so guarantee its survival. Ain't nature wonderful? :rolleyes:

yikes!!!


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Apr 27, 2018 11:25 |  #9

CaptBob wrote in post #18614359 (external link)
yikes!!!

Indeed. We have seen video footage of it happening and the unfortunate owlet is consumed whole in one go, like rodent prey is. To see an owlet horking down a smaller version of itself is not a pretty sight!


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