Eagle Owl on Beleef de Lente

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Post by Kukelke » March 15th, 2014, 11:48 am

The local forester wrote a new blog on the Dutch eagleowl nest yesterday:
Nog kleine kans op broedende oehoes

14 maart 2014 verscheen het vrouwtje rond 0:32 uur opnieuw op het nest. Ze heeft het nest “uitgekrabt” en enkele steentjes uit de nestholte gehaald. Een teken dat het vrouwtje nog niet begonnen is aan een nieuw nest. Ook heeft het vrouwtje op de nestrand even rustig de tijd genomen om zich te poetsen. Hieruit kunnen we zien dat ze zich op haar gemak voelt bij het webcamnest. Uit literatuur blijkt dat er bij verstoring van het eerste broedsel binnen 8-10, maximaal 14 dagen nog kans is op een tweede legsel. Het duurt dan gemiddeld 14 dagen voordat het vrouwtje weer helemaal in broedconditie is. Voordeel is dat “onze” oehoes elk jaar vroeg broeden, waardoor ze nu meer tijd hebben om (eventueel) te beginnen aan een tweede broedsel. Regelmatig horen we nog prooioverdrachten en paringen. Er is dus nog zeker een kans dat het vrouwtje nog een tweede broedsel begint voor de webcam.

http://www.volgdeoehoe.nl/nog-kleine-ka ... de-oehoes/
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Still a small chance for breeding eagleowls

On March 14th, at 0:32 AM the female showed up on the nest again. She 'scratched out' the nest and removed a few pebbles. A sign that the female hasn't started a new nest yet. The female also took her time to preen. This shows us that she feels relaxed at the nest with the webcam. From litterature on the case it is said that if the first clutch is disturbed, there's a chance for a second attempt within 8-10 days, maximum 14 days. It will then take 14 days on average before the female is completely in brooding modus again. The advantage is that 'our' eagleowls breed early every year, so they have now more time to start a possible second clutch. Regularly we hear matings and prey transfers. So there is absolutely still a chance that the female will lay a second clutch of eggs in front of the webcam.

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Post by Kukelke » March 19th, 2014, 11:41 am

Yesterday the female was sighted in breeding position by the forester who keeps watch over the eagleowls. That is the good news, the bad news is that it isn't in sight of the cameras. This new spot is different from the spot where their earlier clutch of eggs this year was disturbed by a marten. Whole blog here, in Dutch (I have no time to translate it all atm): http://www.volgdeoehoe.nl/definitief-de-hoop-verloren/

Pictures by the forester:

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Post by Kukelke » March 26th, 2014, 12:25 pm

News from the local forester: He has been back in the quarry and found the female still at the same spot as on the pictures in my previous post above, and she is definately breeding now, so that is good news. It's not sure how many eggs she has, but that we will find out when they hatch.

Video made by the forester: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmwORLD_Jbg

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Post by Kukelke » March 30th, 2014, 2:28 pm

Here a video which was made on march 17th already, but published first yesterday. It shows what happens on the place where the male usually hands over prey to the female. The spot is not only used for that but obviously also to mate:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG-xkYAD99M

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Post by Kukelke » April 3rd, 2014, 3:10 pm

Short video of the breeding eagleowl female, made by local forester Tjibbe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2_PCG_94OM

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Post by Kukelke » April 8th, 2014, 12:19 am

Video about what happens at the spot where the male hands over prey to the female: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnwIk2GrOfY

Another short video of the breeding eagleowl female, made today on april, 7th by local forester Tjibbe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUwZFwKKwQg

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Post by Kukelke » April 11th, 2014, 1:16 pm

Kukelke wrote:Video about what happens at the spot where the male hands over prey to the female: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnwIk2GrOfY
And here a video of what happens at the same spot during daytime. Then other animals come to check if there are leftovers, like this buzzard who was looking for an easy snack:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ghWILVPNRo

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Post by Kukelke » April 16th, 2014, 1:44 pm

New video of the breeding Dutch eagleowl:



Nothing much to see really, she just sits relaxed on her eggs, but it is good to know that all is going according the book now. No distress and things like that.
The forester tells that the first egg is expected to hatch within a few days time.

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Post by Kukelke » April 23rd, 2014, 10:15 am

The first owlet has hatched :bounce:

Long video made by the local forester/ranger. In the beginning you can see that the female is tending at least 1 egg, and around 8:13 in the video you can see a glimpse of the head of the owlet:


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Post by Amsel67 » April 23rd, 2014, 10:38 am

Congratulations to the dutchmen :)
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Post by Kukelke » April 30th, 2014, 11:55 am

New video of the eagleowl nest. The 2nd egg has hatched, and 2 owlets are clearly visible, but Tjibbe, the forester who filmed this, thinks there's even a 3rd owlet to be seen for a very brief moment.



Watch carefully (go fullscreen) from 5:27 and on, when the female gets up to scratch herself, then you can see at least 2 owlets a bit to the right of the female. But, when the female turns around at 6:23, one can also briefly see 1 owlet to the left. So it could be that the owlet closest to the middle moved a bit to the left when the female was scratching herself, or it could be a 3rd owlet.
According the comments under the video on the official page, people have indeed identified 3 owlets. http://www.volgdeoehoe.nl/hoeveel-kuikens-zie-jij/


2 owlets under the female when she gets up to scratch:

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1 white fluffy owlet to the left of the female, after she turned around:

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