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Ringing, recovery and release an owlet's success story Donella Young

Summary: Ringing, recovery and release an owlet's success story
Donella Young
Avian Demography Unit, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch 7701
This year I, and many other regular walkers
on the fields of Rondebosch Boys High
School, have watched a pair of Spotted Eagle
Owls raise their three owlets. Despite a
number of unseasonal storms, a collapsing
nest, several falls out of the tree, the presence
of many dogs and the temporary loss of one
owlet, all three are now safely fledged.
The story began when Marja
Wren-Sargent, also of the ADU, alerted me to
the pres ence of the nest high up in a still leaf-
less tree. The female was always on the nest
and usually the male was in a neighbouring
tree. After a week of checking daily, I was
thrilled to see two scruffy little chicks on
6 September. A few days later I realisedthere
was a third owlet. All three grew incredibly


Source: Altwegg, Res - Avian Demography Unit, Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Cape Town


Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology