It was a cold day that found us at the Houston Nature Center, on our way to Winona for a few errands. I stopped in to see Karla, and check out what's been going on with her owls. You can find her link below here on my blog links. She has an education owl, Alice, who normally comes to work with her and sits staring out the window most days. I was informed that Alice is on maternity leave. She has laid her egg . . . infertile . . . but she doesn't know that, and will sit on it nonetheless for the required incubation time. Karla is also conducting a breeding project and owl vocalization study. Her link will also bring you to a webcam, where you can peek in on Rusty and Iris, a pair of non-releasable great horned owls. Rusty is doing his best to woo Iris . . . . Iris is not yet so sure she wants to be wooed. Everyone associated with the project hopes they will be successful and breed.
We began to work the marsh, and after a short time, Rich indicated that he had seen a rabbit run. Bailey had also flown briefly over the marsh, hovering, looking, looking . . . so he too saw something as well, but he didn't stay there, but went back to his tree perch. I worked my way over to where Rich was, and bumped the bunny, which left the marsh we were in, ran over the rise, and into the next frozen pond and brush . . . with a hawk on it's tail. Bailey wasn't too close behind, so bunny made it to the brush and cover.
We followed. As we made it to the marsh and began working the edge, Rich pointed and indicated he could see the bunny. I walked over, and sure enough, it was hiding in a bunch of cattails. We both got ready . . . I poked, bunny ran, and then Rich whomped it with his stick, which slowed bunny considerably, and then I grabbed it. All this time Bailey just sat in his tree and watched the action. I had to waggle the bunny at him before he realized we had lunch. This is NOT how falconry is supposed to work!!
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