Rare owl times as new arrival has a hoot
A rarely seen six-week-old tawny owl, named Fudge, was enjoying his new surroundings yesterday
Fudge is the latest addition to the Birds of Prey Educational Centre at Trabolgan Holiday Village in east Cork.
The centre opened earlier this year and offers families the chance to learn about birds of prey and to raise awareness of the indigenous species and environmental issues involved in their protection and conservation.
Fudge will join Brendan, a native peregrine falcon; Sundari, a black shaheen; Morgan, a native kestrel; and Oscar, a European eagle owl, at the holiday village.
Tawny owls, which grow to around the size of a pigeon, are rarely seen as they are nocturnal and are not indigenous to Ireland.
The centre is run by state-licensed falconers, who have many years of experience in handling, training and flying birds of prey.