|The eyes of a Great-horned Owl are huge. While they appear globe-like, they are actually tubular. |
Check out more about owl vision on a super resource, the Owl Pages .http://www.owlpages.com/articles.php?section=Owl+Physiology&title=Vision
|Avian Rhabilitator, Alberta Halfmann and Tristan Pesavento with the male GHO Tristan rescued. As with all owl releases, this one took place near dark.|
This release was all the sweeter because 14 yr old Tristan Pesavento, the person that actually rescued this GHO, was on hand to give him his freedom once more. Everyone was delighted with the release but no one was happier than the owl. He flew out of sight immediately and was last seen making a bee line for his nest tree. This is breeding season for Great-horned Owls in our area. It is important to get him "home" as soon as possible. No doubt he has important work to do. His mate may be on a nest.
Super job Tristan! While we would not suggest someone Tristans age take on this kind of responsibility, the owl would not have lived long trapped in the fenceline. His quick thinking was important and we are so proud!
|Home sweet home for the male GHO.|
Our patients are conditioned in large flight buildings. The ceiling is 28' high. They are not close to us. It is vital that all birds when released are 100% when they leave REGI. Each patient receives an exit physical the day of release. With the bird "in hand" we can evaluate things that are not readily apparent as they exercise. In this way we are certain the bird is in perfect health and condition and can once again survive in the wild. We did 2 GHO physicals Wednesday, but only one was ready. The other continues to recover from a head injury and was put back in the flights with two other GHO patients.
|This male GHO has a little longer to wait before he is released.|
Alberta Halfmann and Stacy Wild assit Marge with the exam.
|007 is on a hiatus from his CA EDTA injections. |
Blood will be drawn today to check his blood lead levels.
Have a great day everyone,