Video recorded by Ahto Täpsi
Photos Arne Ader
Estonian text published 01.10.2017
The Ural owl was brought down by a Northern goshawk that flew away along the forest clearing
Ural owl Händkakk Strix uralensis
Northern goshawk Kanakull Accipiter gentilis
…. the feast of the goshawk was interrupted. Feathers were scattered all around up to three meters, the fight had been grim until its bloodied end...
The weight of the Ural owl female is about a kilo, the male weighs more than
Both species are mostly sedentary. Breeding Ural owl pairs in
Ahto told this story: “Years ago once there was a similar incident in Virumaa. My friends went out into the woods and saw a goshawk flying away and an Ural owl on the snow. That time the bird was still alive, only stiff from the cold and struggle. The men put the bird in the car for warmth. Returning half an hour later it was no longer easy to get into the car.
The owl had got its breath back and defended its new territory furiously. However, somehow they managed to got it out of the car, the bird was not there later. If all has worked out well for it, then maybe it is still alive even now…“