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" Muncaster Castle World Owl Trust Centre "


Date & start time: Thursday  5th June 2014, 2 pm start.

Location of Start : Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, Uk ( SD 103 967)


This is the extended series of photos of the Owls

that we enjoyed seeing at the World Owl Trust, Muncaster.


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The centre has a much larger display of owls . . . the main page was just a taster.

These are some of the owls that are looked after in the centre and that were amenable to a photo.

Go along and see them for yourselves at Muncaster if you can.


The green traffic light sign gives an indication

of the rarity and status of the birds in the outside world.

Green is good, red is endangered.


This could be Chocolate,

the Eagle Owl that we saw earlier on the main lawn.


Looks like an old wise bird too,

matching the old mature forest in which he would normally fly.


Famous in the more northern regions of the world.

Beautifully camouflaged to match the snowy climate

in which he normally lives.


A lovely bird with delightful

ring markings and spots on its feathers.


A smaller bird and hopefully a breeding pair.


It's that short-eared owl again !


Fidget was in the display we saw earlier.

It seems he was keeping still for this photo.


[ It was a Barn Owl that we rescued during the 2009 floods

The Muncaster Owl Centre was able to gave us good advice at the time]

That looks remarkably like

another Barn Owl hiding behind the foliage.


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Absent ~ resting after the main event ~

This is a very sad case of this owl being captured

and deliberately injured so that it couldn't fly. 

It was used for begging by children and was rescued

and sent to Muncaster from Ethiopia.

The Striped Owl above . . .
. . . the Turkmenian Eagle Owl below.


Another Owl with lovely ring like markings across its feathers

but looks in better condition than its photo

on the outside of aviary.


Some birds just live up to their names . . . and this is one.


This is a pair of rare Mexican birds,

in fact there were several more in the cage I believe.


A classic Owl pose as seen through the mesh of the aviary,

hence the blue diamond effect.

These Mottled Owls were the first to breed in captivity in Britain.
The Tengmalm's Owl below.


We were looking up in the trees

and found him sitting on the ground.

The majestic Brown Fish Owl above
No Owl but a rescued Red Kite below.

This must be a very expensive bird,

it was there on higher-purchase !!


Perhaps a lower branch would have been more comfortable

for this colourful Oriental Bay Owl.


Fudge is one of the birds they use in displays occasionally

but today he was having a day off.


The smallest of them all we've kept till last.

There were several Pygmy Owls

looking remarkably small in comparison

to many of the larger ones in previous aviaries.


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That's about twenty three of the fifty or so species

that they look after here in Muncaster.


Would you like to help ?

Log onto the World Owl Trust website

and chose your favourite owl . . .

including the chance to give an adoption gift

as a present for someone.


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If you are in the Lakes on holiday then why not call in and see them all for yourselves ?

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Nikon P520 digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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