Monday, 28 March 2011

Upside Down Owl - 28.3.11

2 photos of the acrobatic Tawny Owl!

At 1.30pm today whilst in Cassiobury Park I was asked by one of my work mates tocome and check an Owl that a member of the public was concerned about. I drove up to a tree half expecting to find a Little Owl but was amazed to find an adult Tawny Owl hanging upside down by its feet about 20 feet from the ground. At first I thought it may have been caught up on something but apparently it had been attacked by a couple of Carrion Crows and had flown up into the tree and just hanged there like a bat! I've never seen a Tawny Owl do this before and so I managed a couple of photos before it flew off into a nearby Oak tree and was then mobbed again before flying into a group of Pine trees and was lost to view.


  1. Absolutely fascinating behaviour!

  2. It sure was! I'm not sure if it was a form of camouflage or it was just exhausted from being attacked by the crows?