SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Whooo are those cute little babies?

Two sooty owlets at Australia’s Taronga Zoo, that’s who!

The chicks, above in October, hatched two days apart in early August.
 Keeper Grey Fisher has been like a surrogate dad to the pair — named Phoenix and Dragon — feeding them at all hours of the day and night, the zoo says in a blog post. Fisher has been hand-raising the owls, who are the first of their species to live at the zoo.
Fisher says that Dragon, the younger chick, has been the more curious of the two, but Phoenix is becoming more inquisitive.
The little owls are now discovering new ways to move their heads and get around.
The duo makes a trilling noise, but that will develop into a screech or a whistle as they get older.