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« on: April 04, 2010, 02:10:09 PM »

Eurasian Eagle-Owl - Bubo bubo

Dutch name:  Oehoe



Video:  Eurasian Eagle-owls Feed their Babies

This Eagle-owl family has at least two chicks.  The oldest chick was a week old on March 31.

The Eagle-owl is the largest European owl species, with a length of 60 - 75 cm (2' - 2' 6") and wingspan of 160 cm (5' 3").  A non-migratory raptor, this owl stays in its area year round. When a pair of Eagle Owls manages to breed successfully for a number of years, it can be assumed that the quality of its habitat is good.

In the Netherlands, they mainly breed in stone quarries (no bare cliffs here).  Parts of these quarries aren't in use anymore, thus creating quiet areas for these shy birds, who are sensitive to disturbance. Protective measures need to be taken in the other areas where activities still take place (also recreation areas).

The camera, with its telelens, is at a safe distance. The cam can be controlled remotely, so as not to disturb the owl.  Infrared light is used at night.

This pair of Eagle Owls has been breeding in this stone quarry for several years, usually on the same ledge. In 2007 they had 2, in 2008 3 and in 2009 one young. Last year, 3 eggs had been laid, but the owl was chased off the nest by ill-behaved youth. Probably 2 eggs cooled down too much, causing the embryos to die.

Its menu consists of  Stock doves, Brown rats, Corvids, Hedgehogs, Rabbits, and occasionally birds of prey and owls.  There are currently seven breeding pairs in the area.

Incubation period is February – June, one clutch, 2- 4 eggs.  The incubation time is about 33 days.  The young fledge after 4 weeks.  They can’t fly very well, and they stay near the nest.  By 9 weeks they can fly well.

Bubo bubo

Live cameras:  http://www.beleefdelente.nl/

Above information was taken from the English translations:  http://genietvandelente.nl/viewforum.php?f=61

With our thanks and appreciation to Beleef de Lente, and Geniet van de lente

Photos and videos courtesy and copyright © Beleef de Lente
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« Post / Reply #1 on: April 10, 2010, 11:06:14 AM »



Video:  Baby Owl Takes a Peek at the World

We’ve seen three baby owlets, and we’ve seen the larger two often peck the youngest one.  As long as there is enough food, the youngest chick will survive and grow up. When there’s a lack of food, the weakest chick will die and ultimately serve as food for his siblings.  So far, enough prey has been delivered by the male.  Soon the female will go hunting as well, and the young owlets will be left alone longer and longer.

Above information from genietvandelente
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« Post / Reply #2 on: April 11, 2010, 11:48:52 AM »

Wonderful video, Beans!!  Thank you.
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« Post / Reply #3 on: April 27, 2010, 11:51:10 PM »



Video:  Dawn Breakfast for Young Owls

The owlets are growing up!
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« Post / Reply #4 on: March 02, 2011, 03:30:24 PM »

They are back!  And Madame has laid an egg, maybe more than one.



You can read about Eurasian Eagle-owls Here:  Owl Pages – Eurasian Eagle-owl
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« Post / Reply #5 on: March 02, 2011, 10:50:45 PM »



Video:  Eurasian Eagle-owls Call to Each Other in the Night

He’s irresistible  --  she must fly to him!

Note:  They were calling back and forth for about five minutes before she left.  She was gone about ten minutes.
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« Post / Reply #6 on: March 03, 2011, 04:04:56 PM »



Video:  Breakfast in Bed

Dad brings breakfast, albeit a very early one, to his mate.  Then he seems to make sure she approves and has it firmly in her beak before taking his leave.  How gentle they are with each other!

Many thanks to LN on Geniet van de Lente, who helped me fix my typos on YT!
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« Post / Reply #7 on: April 04, 2011, 11:19:08 AM »



Video:  Mom Feeds Her Baby Owl

This mother Eurasian Owl has two owlets. This may be the youngest chick having breakfast early in the morning.

Recorded 8:20 AM, local time

Eggs laid
1st egg: 2/26
2nd egg: 3/2

1st hatch: 3/31
2nd hatch: 4/4 (before 6 AM, local time)

Bubo bubo

Dutch name: Oehoe

Live cam: http://www.beleefdelente.nl/
English translations: http://genietvandelente.nl/viewforum.php?f=61
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« Post / Reply #8 on: April 18, 2011, 09:52:44 AM »



Video  Mother Owl Tends to her Two Babies

Recorded 7:30 AM local time

1st egg:  2/26
2nd egg:  3/2
1st hatch:  3/31
2nd hatch:  4/4

Live cam: http://www.beleefdelente.nl/
English translations: http://genietvandelente.nl/viewforum.php?f=61
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« Post / Reply #9 on: April 18, 2011, 01:20:11 PM »

This is such an unusual species.  smile. The end scene of parent looking at camera is fantastic!
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« Post / Reply #10 on: May 08, 2011, 01:30:40 PM »

Who can resist this little face?



Video:  Young Eagle-owl Alone

The owlets have grown so fast. Mom and Dad are excellent providers. One of the owlets is alone on the cliff, looking around, listening to birdsong? Don't worry, his parents aren't far away. Owls sleep during the day and are active at night.

Recorded at 8:45 PM local time

1st egg: 2/26
2nd egg: 3/2
1st hatch: 3/31
2nd hatch: 4/4

Bubo bubo

Dutch name: Oehoe

Live cam: http://www.beleefdelente.nl/
English translations: http://genietvandelente.nl/viewforum.php?f=61
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