Saturday October 9th 2010
I have just been catching up our 2 Ferruginous Pygmy Owls we bred this year, as well as the last of our Tropical Screech Owls of this year’s brood, 1 juvenile American Barn Owl and lastly, a Greyish Eagle Owl that arrived here as a female, and left as a male!? Apparently its DNA was wrongly diagnosed as female. We only found out when it started ‘bopping’ keepers on the head at the start of the breeding season. This individual is now moving to another collection where it has a ‘male script’ to follow.
It has been ‘all go’ in the office this week, as our latest newsletter arrived, and needed stuffing in envelopes and franking for the post. Quite an excersize in logistics when it involves around 2000 memberships. It required all hands on deck to get them out. At one stage I was franking until 6pm, still, they have all gone by post now.
I received some stunning pictures this week, from a member of the public who has wildlife photography as a hobby. They are a series of photos of a wild Buzzard, but not just any Buzzard. This person’s concern was that the Buzzard was bald. This wasn’t really that much of a concern to us, as, if you remember, we released ‘Riffraff’ the bald headed Buzzard a few weeks ago. Well, the pictures confirm it is him/her. The pictures confirm Riffraff to be fit and healthy. It is really good for us to see a bird, once again doing what it was meant to be doing. This makes us realize that what we are doing can make a difference.
Speaking of wildlife, I saw a male, (tiercel), peregrine flying over the Breeding Ground yesterday afternoon. It’s distinctive call confirmed him as a Peregrine. I haven’t seen one these for quite a while.I will leave you with a few of the pictures of Riffraff, taken by Christine Redgate.
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