JOE BLOGG PHOTOGRAPY

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" Education and fun rolled into one"

 

At "Owls To You" we also breed a number of different owls, shown below are a few of the species that are currently in our breeding program, all pictures are of my actual parent birds, all parent birds are non related. Owls despite their looks do not make ideal pets, they need spacious avaries (outdoors), require specialist foods and are killing machines, they are a predator and have very sharp talons and beaks. We supply our owls to other owl enthusiasts/breeders, zoos, bird of prey centres and individuals able to show that they can care for our birds to a high standard. For those considering keeping owls for the first time we can offer an advisory service ensuring that the planned avairy is suitable and giving an induction on how to care for them, we will not supply owls to individuals whom we believe are not able or willing to provide the right environment.

Tengmalm Owl (Aegolius funereus)

 

This is my pair of Tengmalm's, they are currenly the smallest of my owls. As a breed they tend to produce more male than females and as a result females fetch a premium when available.

 

They can produce a clutch of between 3 - 6 eggs laid at daily intervals. Incubation is about 28 days. Female incubates and during this period is fed by the male.

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Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)

 

From the smallest breeding pair to the largest, these two are my Great Grey pair. They lay between 4 - 6 eggs at intervals of 1-3 days and like the Tengmalms the female incubates, during this period she is fed by the male. Incubation is about 28 - 30 days.

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Mottled Owl (Strix virgata)

 

These two are my Mottled Owls, They first bred in 2015 and have done so each year since, some years they have had two clutches. They normally only lay 2 eggs with the female incubating them. incubation 28 - 30 days.

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African Wood Owl (Strix woodordii)

 

I purchased this female during 2014 and I am still trying to  find a male. The earliest I am likely to see results is 2019/20. On average lays 2 eggs, female sits on the eggs with incubation beinf about 30 days.

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Indian Scops Owl (Otus bakkamoena)

 

Another new project, Hopefully will have a new pair during winter 2018/19 ready for 2019 breeding seson.

White-faced Scops Owl  (Otus leucotis)

 

This Fiesty pair are old hands at producing youngsters and have succesfully bred for the last three years. Normally lays

2 - 3 eggs but can be more. Incubation about 30 days.

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Blue Wing Kookaburra (Dacelo leachi)

 

Don't tell anyone but these are not owls  :o)

 

I could not resist having a go at breeding these stunning birds, they are very impressive and more than a little scatty. I purchased them last year and as they were so young there was little chance of them breeding. "018 was the first year in breeding these birds and I raised three, one I have kept back as a display bird and he is already proving to be very popular.

 

These birds are a large species of the Kingfisher family, it is sexually dimorphic with a blue tail in the male and a rufous tail with bars in the female. They lay between 3 -4 white eggs, which the female incubates for about 26 days, the chicks will they spend a futher 36 days i the nest before fledging. In the wild the parents need to teach their offspring how to hunt and this can take some 10 weeks to achieve.

Tinnamou (Tinamidae)

 

Another departure from owls. These guys are ground birds and share the avairy with the Blue Wing Kookaburras. They spend the day darting back and forth across the avary. They are native to South America. These were also purchased  (2016), I have a trio and they are yet to breed although I have had a few of their bright green eggs.

 

They lay several eggs, normally one egg every 3-4 days and there can be as many as 16 eggs in a clutch, incubation can be from 16 - 20 days, the male draws the short straw this time and he takes on incubation duties. The chicks once hatched are mobile almost immeadiately.

Ural Owl (Strix Uralensis)

 

These guys were purchased during summer 2018 and are a proven pair so hopefully we will see some yougnsters during the spring of 2019. Normally 3 - 4 eggs, sometimes up to 6,Eggs laid every two days with incubation being 28 - 35 days. Incubation by female, with the male supplying the food. Pictures to follow.

McKinders Eagle Owl (Bubo Capensis Mackinderi)

 

The Mackinders is a subspecies of the Cape Eagle Owl. They usuall lay 2 white eggs and the female incubates them for up to 38 days. Pics to follow

 

 

Tawny owl (Strix Aluco)

 

The Tawny owl is native to the Uk and a firm favourite.  A typical clutch is 1 - 3 white eggs and as usual incubated by the female for about 30 days, the chicks will fledge in a further 35 - 39 days. Pics to follow

Caracara (Caracara Cheriway)

 

This pair were purchase during the summer of 2017 and should start breeding during 2019/20. They are very active birds and spend a lot of time jumping and running rather then flying. They lay 2 - 3 eggs which are a pinkish brown colour and incubation is 28 - 32 days.  Pic to follow