Camera traps

Camera traps are placed close to the entrance of nest-boxes, when we work in the field in the field. They allow for us to collect information, such as the frequency with which the mother and father feed their progeny and the type of prey they bring to the nest. Sometimes, we witness unusual and beautiful moments!

Click on the drop-down menus to discover pictures taken by camera traps.

Feeding

These pictures are the same as those used for our scientific research. We usually see a barn owl bringing food to its family. We have information about the site and timing of the nest visit, which allows for us to determine the frequency by which the parents bring food. If the parent has a ring on the right leg, he is the father. If the ring is on the left leg, she is the mother. When the chicks are still young, the mother enters the nest box to give food from beak to beak. When the chicks become older, the parents do not enter the nest box anymore to give food: the young offspring stand at the entrance of the nest box to monopolize food. It happens that the oldest offspring shares food with its younger siblings! Additionally, the father can give a prey item to his female mate who then transfers it to one of the offspring.

Visitors and unusual

Not only the barn owl uses our nest boxes! The perch is usually under a weatherproof shelter, which is a perfect situation for a number of other species to rest for a short while.

Love and cuddles

It also happens that barn owls copulate on the perch, close to the nest-box entrance. Our camera traps witness these intimate moments.

Hello !

Our camera traps are well seen by animals. Barn owls often notice them and explore them!