|Pictures from the Long-eared owl's life|
Long-eared owls are relatively abundant in the Czech Republic. Yet few people know of them - we cannot see them at night and they use their perfect camouflage during the day. These owls usually nest in old crow or magpie nests, but they have started to use nesting boxes that we had installed for kestrels in the Břeclav region years ago. So we installed a camera in one of them and thanks to that we can watch the nesting process along with you.
Mgr. Libor Opluštil
Český svaz ochránců přírody Břeclav
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27.2.2019 - Today we installed the new camera-equipped nesting box, replacing the existing one.
27.2.2019 - The female owl flew into the box soon after dusk!
1.3.2019 – The owls flew into the box soon after dusk, they seemed to like it.
4.3.2019 – Today, for the first time, the female owl stayed in the box even during the day! It looks promising!
9.3.2019 – The female Long-eared owl showed us the first egg! She laid it on March 8 or 9; the young one will hatch in 28 days, i.e. around April 5. The female owls start sitting as early as the first egg is laid and the young ones thus hatch one after another.
10.3.2019 – The male owl brought the vole.
10.3.2019 - The second egg is here!
11.3.2019 - The female owl enjoying the spring sun.
13.3.2019 - The third egg appeared in the nest. The Long-eared owls usually lay 4-5 eggs, so this number should not be final.
14.3.2019 - This evening the female owl had to defend the nest again before the attack of another owl. It can be seen that he still has only 3 eggs under him.
15.3.2019 - On the night of Friday, the female layed a fourth egg.
16.3.2019 - The male owl brought the vole.
17.3.2019 - The owl added the fifth egg today or yesterday.
24.3.2019 - This morning a buzzard appeared near the nest. The female owl immediately took a threatening position to intimidate the intruder.
24.3.2019 - When intimidating a buzzard, the female raised a little ear in the nest, and there were six eggs in the clutch! She probably layed it a few days ago (March 18?). It looks like the owls have enough food and dare to feed a higher number of pups than usual.
3.4.2019 - Sometimes landing fails - especially when strong wind blows.
5.4.2019 - The hungry female swallowed the vole in seconds.
6.4.2019 - Phantom in front of the camera.
7.4.2019 - The female is still covering her nest with her body, but in the evening she flew away. The first chick is already there!
7.4.2019 - The male brings the prey to the nest. But if the food supplies are sufficient, the male can keep the voles to himself.
10.4.2019 - Unfortunately, the oldest chick died today without obvious cause. But there is at least one other chick in the nest, which has just hatched today, others are not visible below the female. The video captures a female as she eats the hatch of the egg shell.
13.4.2019 - The role of the parent pair of Long-Eared Owls is different - the male feeds the family and the female cuts it and feeds it to the young (the male cannot do that).
13.4.2019 - The female left the nest for a few minutes and showed what she was hiding - 2 chicks and 3 eggs. Vole store is sufficient - at least 13 in „the pantry“!
19.4.2019 - Dramatic situations are taking place around the nestbox for several nights. The male caught and brought 4 voles to the nest tonight. The female immediately start to feed hungry chicks. Three voles were put in the storage in the corner of the nestbox. However, around 22 pm, a female Tawny Owl appeared, which is thicker than the Long-Eared Owl. With its vigorous attacks, the Tawny Owl drove the female out of the nestbox and gradually took away all the accumulated prey. She did not hurt the young chicks because they were fortunately quite big. However, it cannot be ruled out that she may have caused the death of the first chick and the disappearance of two other newly hatched chicks in recent days. Only two chicks and one egg, which is probably unfertilized, were left in the nestbox. Somewhere in the surrounding area, Tawny Owls are also likely to have their chicks, and robberies in the nestbox make it easier to find food.