Congratulations Adi, you're an adult owl today at the ripe ole age of 80 days. It will be Hunters turn on Friday to turn to adult age.
The preybox has been moved down two more feet where it now sits at about 6 ft from the ground.
It's now become more difficult to ID the owlets outside. After close to 2 weeks of them being owls in the wild outdoors, changes to their appearance are sure to have happened. The fluff of their down feathers is gone and a more mature look to their face has no doubt emerged. Lighting of the cameras can play tricks on those trying to ID the owl and is evident while comparing pictures at the preybox, an example to this is not just the coloring of the owl but the lightness or darkness of the trees and leaves as well as the coloring to the preybox.
On a visit to the preybox, this owl sat comfortably on the edge after taking prey from the box and gulped it down on the edge.
So who is this owl??
We did not notice any rufus coloring around the collar like Adi has and this owl did not show the dark rufus coloring all over like Hunter. We did see that the owl was almost pure white on its chest and a familiar face to some of our seasoned owl watchers. Is this, could this be our Mel?? Many thought so but it will be up to you to judge for yourself.
Thanks to Robin Steele of the SPO forum for her video capture
Soon the owlets will move on to their own territories, the box will be cleaned out and the cover over the opening will be removed.
NOTE: Examples of lighting and coloring differences of the prey box, trees and leaves on trees