Watch this video: Tawny owl chicks

Local Patch Reporter Robert Fuller has been watching tawny owl chicks fledge. 

Tawny owl chick that got caught in the rain.

Tawny owl chicks are adventurous little things and they often attempt to fly the nest before they’re ready.

I have a nestbox in a field just below my house, and it’s occupied every year.

The photograph of the chick above was taken not long after it had fledged. It got caught in an almighty downpour that lasted two days! 

Here’s an acrylic painting of a chick that I watched fledge a few years ago.

© Robert Fuller

Watch this great video of tawny owl chicks preparing to fledge. 


Read more exciting nature blogs by BBC Wildlife local patch reporters

BBC Wildlife wanted to find a new way to share some of our readers’ natural-history diaries with other wildlife enthusiasts, and Local Patch Reporters was born. 

Our 20 Local Patch Reporters for 2014 are aged from 10 to 64 and live from Dorset in the south to Shetland in the north.

Throughout this year they will be exploring and reporting on nature in their neighbourhood via online blogs.

Robert Fuller is a local patch reporter from North Yorkshire

Local nature patch: Yorkshire Wolds

I’m a wildlife artist that studies, photographs and films a wide variety of species in my local patch and further afield to use as reference material for my paintings.

Wildlife aims for 2014: See adders at a nearby common, encourage long-tailed tits to nest outside my studio window, monitor barn owls and photograph kingfishers. 

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