10/22/2008

Video: Kestrel vs. Barn Owl

12 comments:

Lynne said...

Eeek!
Who's nest is it?
Are those eggs destroyed?
What was the outcome?

Owlman said...

Lynne, I pulled the video from Youtube and based on all the comments the Kestrels made it, although the owl kept pestering them. I had to pull out my serious CSI skills to answer all your questions and I think I found the blog of origin. The owner of the video has a blog - the good news and the blog is in Dutch - the bad news. Luckily I understand a lot of Dutch so I'm ok. Anyway, the site has a lot of videos and pictures of both Kestrels (Torenvalken) and Peregrine (Slechtvalken).

On a side note these Kestrels are called Slechtvalken and there is a Dutch heavy metal band that shares that name. This is something I was totally unaware of, you? I'm thinking with a name like that, they wouldn't exactly capture the US market....but I'm getting old and the kids of today - you know. Anyway, I viewed a video of Slechtvalk’s “music” and my ears starting bleeding after just 20 seconds – jees what a raucous noise. Isn’t it amazing what you can find on the internet…

Not sure if I answered your questions...lol

Owlman said...

Drumroll.............

Here's the link to the blog:
http://slechtvalken.blogspot.com/

Lynne said...

LOL!! I am endlessly amazed at what one can find on the internet. Sometimes I find my jaw has dropped open and I don't know what to think! Something for everyone I guess...

Back to the Kestrel and Barn Owl, For a while there I was afraid there would be bloodshed and I'd have to close my eyes!

Owlman said...

No blood shedding - just good old boxing. I thought the housing market was bad in NJ...

Lynne said...

I don't know why it didn't click with me before, but I'm coming to NJ tomorow for the Cape May Autumn Weekend. Any chance of your joining us for some birding?
It's going to be
Me
Susan from Susan Gets Native
Laura from Somewhere in NJ
Kathi from Katdoc's World
Delia from Beginning to Bird

Isn't NJ about the size of a speck? Surely you could drive down for some birding and fun!

Owlman said...

Jersey is the Garden state and it's the size of many gardens in the larger states. You people out in the sticks have yards that are a gizillion acres - the size of New Jersey.

Birding this weekend sounds heavenly! Unfortunately I have a lot of daddy related activities, so I'll take a rain check. Thanks for the invite and have fun. I'll be reading all the posts on the festivities.

chris wemmer said...

Amazing video. And even more amazing that the kestrel survived. That owl had a real "reach advantage".

Beverly said...

Dang! I dunno...I find it too early in the morning for such stuff; I'm all upset, now! Nature can be vicious and it's hard when ya don't know who to root for!

It doesn't appear to me both birds made it; blood must have been shed. And it looked to me like at least one egg was smashed. Perhaps it was the Kestrel's nest; giving her more to fight for...

Awesome clip; thanks for sharing, Owlman!

Owlman said...

Hi Beverly,

Yip the box was occupied by the Kestrel and the pesky owl keeps looking in on the box. I say just build another box for the Barn owl. Barn Owls are pretty rare in this area, so I would love to have one knocking on my door.

I agree that the video is tough watching, but it shows us the tough side of being a raptor. People often see owls as being cute, forgetting that they are still effective predators. A great example of this is that a Screech owl can take down a bird the size of a Blue Jay – pretty impressive.

RuthieJ said...

Hi Owlman,
That was an amazing video (and all the questions I had were already answered in your comments.)
I've been to New Jersey once and I did think things were a little close together--sometimes living out in the sticks is OK (although I have yet to see a screech owl in my backyard.....)

Owlman said...

Hey don't get me wrong RuthieJ, I would love to live in the sticks believe me! NJ has both good and bad parts. We're on the Pennsylvania border and there is still some farm land around here. Properties are also generally around an acre which is decent. Personally I would love to have 30-40 acres with a pond and stream. Having said that I am VERY amazed at the large amount of wildlife that we have in our backyards. I grew up in a build up city in South Africa, so this is the sticks for me and I love it.