Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Eagle Owl

Tuesday 27 May

For those members, and others, who have seen this year's chicks at the traditional Eagle Owl nest on the Sierra Loja and are wondering how the birds are progressing, John Wainwright has just sent me his latest photograph of same.  The more keenly-eyed of you will notice that the youngsters have moved up from the nest site to the small recess above (check out the photo on the report of the Axarquia Bird Group visit a couple of weeks ago).  Now, did the chicks fly, certainly not, or did they climb?  No sign of any ropes or supports on the cliff face so it must all be down to their little claws and a good head for heights!  And why are they at opposite ends of the ledge?  Sibling rivalry, sexual prejudice, "non-brotherly love" or just pain independent and selfishly hoping to be first to the meal when it arrives!

Eagle Owl  Bubo bubo chicks on ledge above nest (PHOTO: John Wainwright)


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