If we are not fast enough in bringing out the Magpie food, they get a little impatient. They start singing at us, or the baby Magpie in the picture has become rather brave and has decided he’ll just come inside and help himself! The door was closed today, so he was thwarted in his attempts to break and enter. He’s no slouch – I’ve found him going through the bowl containing our house keys, so that’s had to be moved! We certainly are not encouraging him inside, but it’s still pretty entertaining when he’s caught.
I have three juvenile German / Little owls living in literally my back yard! I knew we definitely had one, so I was excited to see two, then was blown away to see a third one join them – all the while their mother owl was keeping a close eye on me from about 100 metres away – ready to swoop in at a moments notice. No wonder it’s been so noisy around here lately!
Look at those big eyes! Every night we hear this owl calling (it lives in a cliff behind us). It’s not so much of a ‘hoot hoot’ sound that it makes as a squeal. The Little Owl was imported into New Zealand from Germany and are only found in the South Island. You can also see them in Hagley Park in Christchurch. It’s taken me nearly a year to actually see the owl – as it’s so well camouflaged against the colour of the cliff. I got this shot after it thought I’d got to close to the cliff and move to a nearby tree.
To learn more about the Little Owl and hear it’s distinctive call visit http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/little-owl#