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This juvenile fluffy little Eagle Owl unfortuantely got blown by a great storm we had in the night into tree branches. His wings were badly damaged, one being paralysed and the other bady fractured. The poor bird was then floundering at the bottom of the tree in our garden flightless and in pain whilst three other owls (two being his parents and the other another type of owl) flew around it, keeping guard and freeting about the situation. I discovered it after our domestic worker told me the dogs were barking at these owls that were flying about in the day time. When i walked outside to take photos of this phenomenen i walked close to the tree and heard a hissing and clicking and looked down to discover this poor fellow.

Regardless of his age, his talons were huge and the beak sharp and so my dad and i only just banaged to put him in a box to take to the vet. Though sadly we had to put it down due to its pain. The owl had already begun to “self-destruct” which involves it self mutilating and ripping at its paralysed wing to rid itself of it.
It was terribly sad ending for the young bird and it was most beautiful and soft and its markings were exquisite but it was weak and the best option for it.

The other owls still live on our farm and abide in the palm trees next to our pool. We have a selection of owls on our farm including Scopps Owls, Barn Owl, Eagle Owls and Tawny.

Featured in FAUNA, FLORA, LANDSCAPES & ARCHITECTURE OF SOUTH AFRICA
Indigenous to Southern Africa

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  • Jason Asher
    Jason Asheralmost 5 years ago

    Ah poor little guy, good on you guys for looking after him. Anyway, a nice shot of the upset looking fella, wish I could get some own shots myself.

  • Thank you Jason! He was a good model for me! :)

    – Fiona Christensen

  • Heps
    Hepsalmost 5 years ago

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 4 years ago

    INDIGENOUS TO EAST & SOUTHERN AFRICA GROUP
    CONGRATULATIONS Fiona! This image is currently being featured in the indigenous to East & Southern Africa Group. Great work and well deserved!

  • Graeme Mockler
    Graeme Mockleralmost 3 years ago

    Amazing, touching capture and write up.

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