Best Friends

These barn owls will be released into the wild.
Ojai Raptor Center, Ojai
California

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lcarreau

lcarreau - Mar 28, 2012 2:53 pm - Voted 10/10

Interesting ..

A friend of mine used to raise Barn Owls in
Washington state.

Of all the owl species, Barn Owls are the
most likely to be "tamed" to the point where
they can coexist with humans ...

even though they're STILL wild birds of prey.

Marcsoltan

Marcsoltan - Mar 28, 2012 4:35 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Interesting ..

Thanks Larry, that is a great piece of information. We would love to have a barn owl as a friend and also let her be out there hunting for her food. Unfortunately, we also have a cat. He loves to eat birds. I wonder if I should put a barn owl nesting box up high in the backyard!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Mar 28, 2012 10:33 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Interesting ..

Marc, you'd still be risking the cat's life
no matter how high you put the box, but ...

here's one case where the owl actually got
along with the cat - CLICK ..!

Marcsoltan

Marcsoltan - Mar 28, 2012 11:03 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Interesting ..

How Funny! I thought you were going to say "you'd be risking the owl's life!" The video is great. My wife will get a kick out of it.
Thanks

Silvia Mazzani

Silvia Mazzani - Mar 28, 2012 3:43 pm - Voted 10/10

Beautiful sweet friends!

Ohhh, i love them; nearby my house there's a LIPU (LIPU is an association for birds'protection) "Raptor Center" and some years ago i partecipated in a release of two Barn Owls and one owl in Carrega Woods, a little little forest near Parma. It was a nice experience.
Thank you for sharing Marc.
ciao

silvia

Marcsoltan

Marcsoltan - Mar 28, 2012 4:43 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Beautiful sweet friends!

Participating in the release of these owls must have been a great experience. I will ask our center to let me know when they are ready to release these. I want to be there. Barn Owls have the prettiest faces and they are very curious about humans. Larry says they can be made pets at the same time that they maintain the wildness.

Grazie & Ciao, Silvia,
Marc

Deb

Deb - Mar 28, 2012 5:38 pm - Voted 10/10

Oh My Gosh!

Aren't they gorgeous?! Do you know if the raptor center does visitors or tours? I'd so love to go in there!

Marcsoltan

Marcsoltan - Mar 28, 2012 5:48 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Oh My Gosh!

That's what I think. They have the prettiest face of all the owl species. Yes, The Raptor Center shows their permanent residence twice a year. They just had an open house to show their raptors two weeks ago. I think the next open house is in October or November of this year. But, Unfortunately, they do not have regular tours.

PAROFES

PAROFES - Apr 4, 2012 8:23 am - Voted 10/10

Marc

Where is the latest photo from an owl?
I am not crazy (yet hehehe), I think I saw a POTD of you hours ago...
A few days off, got my nail infected and it hurts like hell...
Cheers!

Marcsoltan

Marcsoltan - Apr 4, 2012 8:52 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Marc

Hey Paulo, sorry to hear about your infected nail. That has happened to me and I know the pain. It's pretty bad.
I deleted the latest photo of the owl that was a POTD. Thank you for your vote and I apologize for deleting it. Please don't ask why I did that. It's hard to explain.

PAROFES

PAROFES - Apr 4, 2012 10:17 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Marc

Well, too bad, it was a great catch.
I have a pretty good idea about the reason you did it and I promiss I won't ask...
Be good!

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