The first live Barn Owl nest camera in Ireland started broadcasting today.
Screengrab from the Mooney Barn Owl Nest Camera, 24th July 2012. The adult male delivers a Bank Vole to the two chicks.
The nest is at a secret location near Tralee and contains two chicks. The nest box was originally installed in 2008 by the West Kerry Branch of BirdWatch Ireland, and the birds have bred there every year since. The camera can be accessed through the Derek Mooney page on the RTE website HERE. Click on the Barn Owl image on that page to see live footage of the owls. The oldest chick is about 40 days old, the youngest, about 34 days old. They should be taking their first flight in about two weeks time. The parents are roosting by day away from the nest and will return at dusk to start feeding the chicks.
Lots more info on Barn Owls in Kerry and Cork can be seen on the Duhallow Raptor Blog HERE.