When a concerned Umkomaas resident found three Spotted Eagle Owl chicks on the ground last Sunday (22 August), he immediately contacted Scottburgh’s Crocworld Conservation Centre for assistance. Ryne Ferguson, the team’s Bird Curator, headed to the location to assess the situation.
While the chicks parents watched cautiously from above, Ryne inspected the hollow, finding it overrun by ants and unsafe for the chicks. The trio of owlets were taken back to Crocworld Conservation Centre where they were fed and monitored for two days, before being re-homed in a nest box placed just above the hollow.
The concerned resident monitored the owlets all afternoon and evening, alerting Ryne early on Wednesday (28 August) that the parents had joined the chicks in the nest box and all were doing well. Crocworld and the community will continue to monitor the owl family over the next few days. Keep updated on all Crocworld’s exciting activities by checking www.crocworld.co.za, ‘Crocworld Conservation Centre’ on Facebook or follow @CrocworldCC on Twitter. Crocworld Conservation Centre is now open to the public, offering a safe outdoor experience for the whole family.