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How Tawny Owls Make Excellent Foster Parents
They barely batted an eye – despite the fact that they now had 10 chicks! I helped them along by putting extra food on my garden bird table every night.
The adult pair took on the role of feeding all these extra mouths and raised them until late August. I took advantage of their presence and got some great photographs of these owlets as they grew up right outside my living room window. These pictures went on to inform my paintings.
This year I repeated the process after an owlet was handed to me. The video below shows me adding this chick to the nest whilst the tawny adult was away. I’m wearing a helmet because tawny owls can be very dangerous and are very protective if they discover you near their nest.
Author: Robert E Fuller