Skip to Content

Grass-owl chicks

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa
User avatar
Sharifa
Posts: 592
Joined: Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:22 pm
Location: Centurion, Gauteng

Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread post by Sharifa » Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:38 pm

Thank you so much for keeping updated :thumbs_up:

Love the follow up pics

User avatar
MATTHYS
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 38577
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 12:30 am
Location: Worcester, South Africa

Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread post by MATTHYS » Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:44 pm

Thank you, Pieter. This must be one of the loveliest threads on the forums :gflower:
aquila non capit muscas

User avatar
granjan
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 466
Joined: Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:20 am
Location: cornwall uk

Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread post by granjan » Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:59 pm

The latest pics are fantastic, Pieter. Thankyou. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Timbits
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 495
Joined: Sun May 13, 2012 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto, Canada

Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread post by Timbits » Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:13 pm

Loving every bit of this. Thanks for sharing :D

User avatar
DotDan
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2039
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:08 am
Location: Leeu Valley

Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread post by DotDan » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:13 am

Pieter, thank you once again for allowing me to come and view these beauties, and hats off for the great work you did on protecting these chicks :D

User avatar
hilda
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
FAC Member (2015)
FAC Member (2014)
Posts: 12085
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:39 am
Location: Pretoria SA

Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread post by hilda » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:49 am

Thank you Pieter Steyn for this beautiful story! Lovely pictures of the cutest little Owls! I would also have guarded them day and night, should it have been possible! You have made my day, week and year with this story! Thanks a million, and I hope that there will be many more chicks on your property in future! :dance: :dance: :dance:
"He who refuses to obey cannot command." - African Proverb.

Nights in KNP - 2016
17 - 19 October - Letaba
20 - 22 October - Punda Maria
23 - 25 October - Shingwedzi
26 - 28 October - Mopani
29 October - Return home

User avatar
lion queen
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
Posts: 11705
Joined: Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:03 pm
Location: Upington SA

Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread post by lion queen » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:54 am

They grow so quickly!!! Love the "new hairstyle"!!!

Thank you for sharing.................... :clap: :clap: :clap:
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough - Mae West

User avatar
Guinea Pig
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1625
Joined: Sat Jan 29, 2005 12:52 pm
Location: My business...

Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:56 am

:D Thanks for sharing! 8)
Plotting a stay at Tamboti and Croc Bridge in 2016...

User avatar
Pieter Steyn
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 261
Joined: Wed Apr 05, 2006 6:59 am

Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread post by Pieter Steyn » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:38 pm

It’s with a sad heart that I have report to day that late yesterday afternoon we have found two of the owl chick’s dead. Their death could have been caused by any number facts. At this stage we are speculating, until such time that an autopsy have been done on them we would not know. However, we have seen the parents this morning. To be honest, yesterday I thought that they might have become a part of statistics on road kills or even that they might have consumed rodents that have been poisoned.

Nature Conservation visited my place and weight the remaining chick and found that it weigh 100grams less than it should. At the end of the day we decided to remove the chick and to a place it at a save place ,where it can be cared for properly. This to unsure that it does reach adulthood.

At this stage I wish that the news were better as these chicks were one of only two known nests in Gauteng for this year. This make it worse. :cry: :cry:

User avatar
granjan
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 466
Joined: Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:20 am
Location: cornwall uk

Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread post by granjan » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:51 pm

Oh Pieter, how desperately sad.
I hope the surviving chick makes it to adulthood and is successfully released and that next year the pair will be more successful and you will have a happier story to tell us.
Thankyou for sharing with us.

User avatar
lion queen
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
Posts: 11705
Joined: Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:03 pm
Location: Upington SA

Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread post by lion queen » Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:00 pm

Oh no, this is very sad news................ :cry:

My best wishes to the remaining chick!!!
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough - Mae West

Timbits
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 495
Joined: Sun May 13, 2012 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto, Canada

Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread post by Timbits » Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:14 pm

Thanks for the update even though the news is not good. Hope the last chick makes it to adulthood.

User avatar
wanderlust
Posts: 24
Joined: Mon Feb 23, 2009 3:38 pm
Location: Vryheid, KZN, SA - too far from the Kruger, further from KTP!

Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread post by wanderlust » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:14 pm

:( :sori:

User avatar
saraf
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 7431
Joined: Sun Jan 16, 2005 3:19 pm
Location: Portsmouth, England

Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread post by saraf » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:36 pm

How desperately sad, hoping the remaining one makes it.
Want to say Thank You or Well Done to a fellow 'mite? Why not nominate them for a Kudu?

User avatar
hilda
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
FAC Member (2015)
FAC Member (2014)
Posts: 12085
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:39 am
Location: Pretoria SA

Re: Grass-owl chicks

Unread post by hilda » Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:36 am

Indeed very, very sad news! :cry: Let's hope and pray the third chick makes it to adulthood.
"He who refuses to obey cannot command." - African Proverb.

Nights in KNP - 2016
17 - 19 October - Letaba
20 - 22 October - Punda Maria
23 - 25 October - Shingwedzi
26 - 28 October - Mopani
29 October - Return home


Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


Webcam Highlights

Addo
Submitted by rolle at 16:39:09
orpen
Submitted by Foxy at 17:35:35
satara
Submitted by Pjw at 14:39:31
nossob
Submitted by Anonymous at 09:06:20