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Pot Plant Owl Book

Unread postby Tracye » Mon Sep 21, 2009 11:51 am

New, high quality coffee table book due out for release in October 2009 called Pot Plant Owl.

A pair of Spotted Eagle Owls nested in a pot plant on a balcony off a bedroom in Johannesburg. The book spans the entire stay of the owl family, and through unique photographs and a daily diary, records the family as the parents successfully reared their chicks. The chicks stayed for 53 days and the book covers everything - from feeding, to learning how to fly, to playing games and so much more.

The book is endorsed by BirdLife South Africa and EWT (Endangered Wildlife Trust). Pre-launch sale on now and proceeds to the organisations. Book foreword is by Jonathan Haw, and back cover comment by Geoff Lockwood.

Please visit: www.potplantowl.co.za for photos, sample text, sample book pages and more information.

Book is not an ornithological book - it is described as a 'warm, fuzzy' book with many unique photos and a special story.

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Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:42 pm

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Re: Pot Plant Owl Book

Unread postby flying cheetah » Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:48 pm

Seems to be an interesting story :thumbs_up:
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Re: Pot Plant Owl Book

Unread postby Cherries » Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:49 pm

Trayce - us 'mites thoroughly enjoyed the whole story on the Forum last year. Has the Owl come back this year?
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Re: Pot Plant Owl Book

Unread postby Tracye » Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:13 pm

Hi Cherries

21 Aug last year was when Pot Plant Owl laid her first egg. This year on 21 Aug, we sat, and waited, and waited. Days prior to then, Pot Plant Owl was active in her pot plant nest, making a scraping. Then it went quiet.
We never heard or saw the owls for weeks, and were heartbroken..UNTIL
A week ago, they came back - this time spending the bulk of the time on the balcony and in the immediate area.
Pot Plant Owl arrives as the sun goes down and spends most of her time very close by. The male hunts and last night we saw him returning with a fat rat for PPO. Apparently, Pot Plant Owl needs to prepare her body to lay eggs. She conserves her energy, the male hunts for her, and she fattens up.
We've been told that she will lay her eggs any day now so fingers crossed!

We'll keep you updated.

In the meantime, if you liked the story please visit the website and order a book. Proceeds are going to BirdLife South Africa who are really in need of funding.

We are doing talks at Bird Clubs and other interested groups to tell people about the owls and show them photos. If anyone is interested, please contact me via the website.

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Re: Pot Plant Owl Book

Unread postby Tracye » Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:02 am

Pot Plant Owl has returned!

She flew in on Sunday morning and Sunday evening we saw the first egg. We haven't been able to check if there's another one yet, but she's sitting quite happily in her pot plant nest.

The male is now on the perimeter wall doing his guard duty.

We're setting up a webcam in the next few days. Visit www.potplantowl.co.za to see footage.

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Re: Pot Plant Owl Book

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Oct 08, 2009 5:35 pm

Oh this is so exciting Tracy, :clap:
she obviously felt your pot plant was good enough for another generation of little owlets. :wink:
I wonder if they will be more trusting of you this year? :?
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Re: Pot Plant Owl Book

Unread postby flying cheetah » Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:30 pm

Tracye wrote:Pot Plant Owl has returned!

:dance: :dance: :dance:

Can't wait for the webcam!
Thanks for sharing this adventure with us Tracye :thumbs_up:
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Re: Pot Plant Owl Book

Unread postby kathy sa » Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:11 pm

This is a fantastic story...I also can't wait for the web cam ( and the book) :clap:

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Re: Pot Plant Owl Book

Unread postby Tracye » Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:25 pm

The owls are now sitting on 3 eggs, a mere 2 metres from our bedroom. We have set up a blog where we will follow the developments and a web cam will be running in a few days. Anyone interested can follow the nesting at: www.potplantowl.co.za


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