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Church owls

Duration: 02:05

Barn owls are breeding in a church tower, keeping a low profile as they have young in the nest. The male is kept busy bringing in a regular supply of food, and field voles figure high on the menu but they still need to feed on several each day. A second chick emerges 48 hours after the first, as that was the gap between the eggs being laid. Barn owls can only hunt efficiently in fine weather so they will often stockpile enough food to last a day or two. For the first few weeks their mother feeds the chicks the smallest bits of food, day and night. As they are still vulnerable to cold, it will be a few weeks before they develop a sufficient layer of downy feathers for their parents to leave them alone.

Available since: Fri 23 Apr 2010

Credits

Producer
Andrew COOPER
Narrator
Robert HARDY
Camera Operator
Andrew COOPER
Camera Operator
Paul JOHNSON
Camera Operator
Mark PAYNE-GILL

This clip is from

Natural World 2003-2004, FIVE OWL FARM

This is the story of a remarkable place - a Yorkshire farm where all five British owls live side by side.

First broadcast: 07 Dec 2003

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