Our Honeydew Country Estate agent spotted (excuse the pun) a breeding pair of Spotted Eagle Owls with their two fluffy offspring (see pics of our gorgeous owlets).
These beautiful owls are mostly nocturnal, but sometimes active before sunset. We see them at our estate sitting on a branch close to the tree trunk, carefully pondering their next catch. In the quiet of the day their full song consists of three merged notes followed by a deeper hoot – wuhuhu-whooh.
The Spotted Eagle Owl may reach 10 years or more in age. The importance of keeping our aged oaks have most certainly not only lent character to our estate, but also ensured that our owls are in a safe habitat. But they work hard to say the least, keeping at bay any mice, rodents or snakes, even though we do live so close to nature.
Some interesting owl trivia:
- There are more than 150 species of owls in the world.
- All owls have upright posture and forward-facing eyes that give them binocular vision, just like humans. They can see their prey from great distances, but up close their vision is not as clear.
- Many owl species have asymmetrical ears that are different sizes and different heights on their heads. These ears give the birds superior hearing and the ability to pinpoint where prey is located, even if they can’t see it.
- Several owl species have ear tufts on their heads but they aren’t ears at all. These feathers may indicate the bird’s mood, help keep it camouflaged by mimicking branches or leaves or be used to show aggression.
- An owl has three eyelids: one for blinking, one for sleeping and one for keeping the eye clean and healthy.
- An owl can eat up to 1000 mice each year. They are amazing creatures to help control rodent populations.
- A group of owls is called a parliament, wisdom, bazaar or study. Baby owls are called owlets.
- The biggest modern threats to owls are habitat loss, pesticides that poison the birds and their food supplies and human persecution because of negative and outdated superstitions.
Honeydew Country Estate is very proud of our owl population and take great care to keep their habitat as natural as possible.