Injured barn owl can fly again

Injured barn owl with her wing with prosthesis, photo by L1/Julian Buijzen

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Limburg burned barn owl can fly again with prosthesis

14 September 2016, 23:48

A barn owl which was burned seriously this spring can fly again from today on thanks to a prosthesis.

In April there was a pigsty on fire at Lilbosch Abbey in the Limburg town Echt. The pigs in the barn survived the fire, but a family of barn owls was less fortunate. The chicks died and mother barn owl was seriously injured. The male was unharmed.


The female was taken to a bird rescue center in Belgium. She had damaged lungs, burned legs and the plumage was badly damaged by the flames.

In recent months, the bird was patched up. A part of the feathers were pulled out, so that they were able to grow anew. But pieces of the wings were so badly damaged that it appeared that the owl would never be able to fly again. However, the shelter found a solution: prosthetics.

To the wings parts of wings of a dead owl were attached. When these had become attached firmly it turned out that the female could fly well with them.

Abbey nest

The male meanwhile was hanging around all the time at the abbey. Today the female was brought back there.

The couple has been given a brand new nest box, once again high on the wall of the barn.

Barn owls are cavity-nesting birds of prey but they do not create their own nest holes. Instead, they frequently use cavities from other birds or hollow trees, and they readily move into open buildings or nest boxes. With the right barn owl box, it is possible to encourage barn owls to become permanent residents in your backyard or elsewhere on your larger property: here.

Short-eared owl video

This is a short-eared owl video from the Netherlands.

Screech owl camouflage in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

11 September 2016

Eastern Screech Owls do an amazing job of blending in with the trees they select to perch on – this is a great example of a red morph female who have a little more challenge finding a place to blend in. In this case the reddish and tan colors of mature Palmetto Palms do just fine. This video is un-altered so you can see the natural contrast and colors. It is rare that I see them outside of the breeding season when their activity is focused on the nest box. But once in awhile I’ll find one on their favorite perch outside the breeding season. She is sitting on the end of a broken branch and if threatened will transform her appearance to a tree branch.

Young little owl in old milk churn, photo

Little owl in churn

This photo shows a young little owl which sat down in an old milk churn.

The photo is by ThijsG in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

Little owl sees cat, video

This 11 August 2016 video shows a little owl. It sees a cat; and calls to warn its owlets.

Maria Woortman in the Netherlands made this video.

Capybara, burrowing owl at Brazil Olympics

This video from the USA says about itself:

28 February 2015

Just a few select minutes with the fascinating and incredibly cute Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral, Florida. These diminutive owls are only about nine inches tall. They make their homes in underground burrows formerly used by the Gopher Tortoise, or dug themselves. There are more nesting pairs of owls in Cape Coral than anywhere else in Florida. They are not particularly shy and their burrows are often near roads. The first 1:35 of the video (and audio) was filmed in slow motion, at 60 fps.

For more information on Florida’s Burrowing Owls, how to attract them to your yard, building a starter burrow or to help protect them, please visit Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife, here.

At the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, today the first Olympic golf tournament since over a century started. The TV report showed also animals lat the golf course: burrowing owls.

And capybaras.

This video is about capybaras.

Young long-eared owl ‘dancing’

This 28 July 2016 video shows a young long-eared owl ‘dancing’ with its head.

The owl does that to be able to hear better where potential prey is.

Inge Duijsens in the Netherlands made this video.