Saturday, 18 August 2007
We belong to our local Junior Rangers group...& we had a visit from Barn Owl Bill who brought along some owls for us to learn about. Here is a pic of E & I with a European Eagle Owl & Bill.
We had such a great time...Bill was so very knowledgeable & we had fun too :)
European Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo)
Very large owl with prominent ear tufts and vivid orange eyes. Very variable throughout range. Nominate race; buff-brown upper-parts, heavily marked with black, greyish (grayish) facial disk. Under-parts paler buff-brown with black streaks, and fine brown barring on belly, white throat. Becomes paler as you move eastwards in the northern parts of the range up to western Siberia, then progressively darker to Pacific coast. Birds becomes paler from north to south in Asia Minor and Middle East. Size decreases East to West, and North to South.
From Europe across Russia to Pacific, South to Iran, Pakistan across to China and Korea.
Mainly remote rocky areas, river valleys, ravines, quarries etc. also open forest, Taiga, steppe and semi desert.
Mainly mammals from shrews up to foxes and young deer. Also a wide range of birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Usually begins breeding in late winter. 1-4 eggs are laid on a shelter cliff ledge, in a crevice or a sheltered depression on the ground. The eggs are incubated for about 35 days. The young leave the nest by about 5 weeks and can normally fly within a further 3 weeks. They become independent by about 24 weeks old.
A deep resonant "ooh-hu" with emphasis on the first syllable.
Not globally threatened, although rare or uncommon through most of its range. Becoming very scarce in parts of Europe.