Junior is one of our rescued male Tawny Owls. He was hit by a car and the driver stopped and picked him up, before contacting Bill to collect him. Unfortunately, as a result of being hit Juniors right eye began to collapse and the vet advised that it be removed. However, when he was being prepared for the operation the vet discovered that Junior had a severe heart murmur and the eye could not be removed until the murmur had been treated. After several years of medication, Junior could have the eye removed and is now doing fine. He is one of the most lovable and affectionate of the owls at Bills and is a firm favourite among the volunteers.
About Tawny Owls
The Tawny Owl is found across the U.K. and is the owl associated with the ‘t00-wit twoo’ call. It is thought that the call is the result of a pair of owls, the female beginning with the ‘too-wit’ sound and the male answering with ‘twoo’, however, single owls in captivity have been known to make both noises themselves.
The Tawny Owl preys on small mammals and birds and will also feed on fish and frogs. As the Tawny Owl does not have water-proofing oil on it’s feathers, it has developed a unique method of fishing. To test whether the water is shallow enough to fish, the Tawny Owl will trail it’s talons through the water and from the temperature, it can tell how deep the water is.