Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Norfolk Getaway | Part III - Tawny Owl Chicks!

While we were away, we stayed at the Sandringham Estate Caravan Club site, surrounded by Glucksberg Woods. One night we had a toilet issue and Mike had to go out of the caravan to do what you do with caravan toilets. When he came back he said that there was an owl out in the woods making a huge racket!
So Thursday evening about 9pm we headed out to have a look.
We had a rough idea where to look as the owl was calling again and within about 5 minutes Mike had spotted our owl. Which turned out to be 2 fluffy Tawny Owl chicks.
I had already come prepared with my camera, but Mike immediately dashed off to go grab his from the caravan and left me in spot watching the fluffy babies.
Just as he ran off I was lucky to see the mum come back with a meal for one of her chicks! She was in and out faster than I could focus my camera!
But I did capture one of the chicks with a mouthful of food!

Mike returned and we proceeded to watch the owls until it was too dark to see them any more. Full of excitement we planned to head out again earlier Friday night.

We went out at 8 and couldn't see or hear anything, I said that I thought it was too early and I was sure we would still get to see them. So we went for a walk and came back to our spot about 8:30/8:45 when we started to hear the chicks calling again! Mike being the better spotter of the two of us sighted them straight away sat at the top of a huge pine tree.

They spotted us too and after working out there was no way we were getting up the tree to them the settled in to watching other walkers (who looked us like loonies for standing in the bushes staring at a tree) and waiting for their dinner service.
About 9 o'clock a couple walked by us and asked if we had found anything interesting and we shared our binoculars with them and showed them the chicks. The couple stayed with us watching them till again it was too dark to see them. They were so grateful and pleased with the spot, it was lovely to share it with them!

1 comment:

  1. Great find!
    Without that toilet issue you might not have got to see them.