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25 June 2012

Feeding time

Below a short video of an adult Barn Owl arriving at dusk at a tree nest site in Duhallow.

The adult arrives (bottom left) before flying to the nest entrance with the prey for the chicks (M.O'Clery. Filmed under licence from NPWS).

Before the adult arrives, the chicks make a regular snoring call, demanding to be fed, but as the adult arrives with the prey, there is a sudden clamour to get the offering. Older chicks will call loudly like this throughout the night.