The Secret Life of the Tawny Owl
After spending 10 years filming the lives of Sparrowhawks, Dave Culley discovers that a pair of Tawny Owls moved onto the island forcing the sparrowhawks out. This gave him an opportunity to film another of our great and very elusive British birds' lives.
This film reveals what the owls get up to when everybody else goes to bed and surprisingly how active they can be in the daytime.
Fantastic shots of Tawny Owl behaviour including hunting, courtship, mating and egg laying.
In Dave Culley's own words 'My new film took five years to achieve! It was extremely challenging to do it alone for many months each year, filming from 18 hours a day to capture their intimate lives. At times, to capture egg laying, hatching and fledging, I had to stay awake for as long as three days. A lot more happens in the daytime than many people realise and so, to capture all the activity that I could during the day, I'd grab just 4 hours a day to sleep.
The Secret Life of the Tawny Owl covers all the breeding season from November to August when the juvenile owls are pushed away to find there own way in life. It will be a great struggle for them to establish their own territory and many never make it.' 61 min.
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