Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Eagle Owl nests successfully

European Eagle OwlGONHS (The Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society) has announced final confirmation of the return to Gibraltar as a nesting species, after an absence of at least eighty years, of one of Europe’s most spectacular birds, the Eagle Owl.

It is a species protected by European as well as Gibraltar law.

At an undisclosed location on the Upper Rock a pair, closely monitored over the past year by the GONHS Bird of Prey Unit, has definitely nested and reared three young.

Further details will be released in due course, but one important fact that the observations has revealed is that the owls are feeding largely on yellow-legged gulls, and are so assisting in the gull control effort!

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