THE POWERFUL OWL

The Powerful Owl is Australia’s largest species of owl. It makes its home in old, hollowed out trees along the south-east coast. These majestic birds need old-growth trees to build their nests, and the diminishing woodlands are making it harder for them to survive.

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The Wilderness Society

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Came out this morning to find this, a wonky ear tuft :/ Although she is in full moult, I think she may have bent this feather somehow :/ Thankfully it’s an older one and she’s losing alot of other feathers so it should naturally come lose soon. Bird feathers during a moult are particularly fragile and susceptible to more breaks and bends. Also never pull a feather out before it’s ready! Feathers contain blood vessels that during a moult, slowly die off as the new feather pushes the old one out (or that’s the best way i can put it in layman’s terms) pulling or clipping a birds feathers is very painful and traumatic for any bird! (Detest wing clipping, it’s very traumatic for birds and I personally feel it’s slightly barbaric!) So even though this one has bent, i feel it’s less hassle for her to just leave it well alone. And i can laugh at it as it confuses her! Her new feathers that have come through are beautiful and glossy though! So pleased with her progress!

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Ever wondered what grumpy baby owls look and sound like?

After a third baby tawny owl was brought into the hospital, Lucy decided it was time to move the youngsters into a bigger pen. The baby owls weren’t so happy about this, as Lucy quickly finds out…

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Eastern Screech Owl

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