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Pot Plant Owls – Johannesburg, South Africa

You are watching live streaming video of a Spotted Eagle Owls nest, better known as “The Pot Plant Owls“. This nest has been built in a potted plant on the camera owners balcony. The Eagle Owls have returned to this nesting site every year since 2008 to raise their brood.

About this nest – The female will lay from 3-4 eggs 48 hours apart and begin a 30 day incubation period after the last egg is laid. The owlets will fledge after about 55-70 days from hatching. Read more about this pair of Spotted Eagle Owls at the pot plant Owl blog.

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Chris in Olympia
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Some sad news from Facebook: Pot Plant Owl Posted 8 hrs ago – 1/4/2019 We are devastated.. The first owlet we took to the vet died this morning. I went to the vet to see the owls and was told the news. Overnight, despite the treatment, the owlet had more legions in its mouth and succumbed to the disease this morning. The second owlet has also developed two legions. The next 24 hours is critical. For now, our little stinker is hanging in. It has a very kind lady, Daria,looking after it. The chick is being hand fed, medicated, kept… Read more »

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Tracy and I (Allen) are absolutely gutted. We thought we had got the chicks to the vet on time. Sadly the first one we took passed away yesterday. The second chick is still fighting for its life. But, I am making this post about the terrible disease that is killing off the urban owls in Johannesburg. I have spoken to 4 of Johannesburg’s owl rehabilitation centres and, amongst Spotted Eagle Owls, the disease is horrific. To bird enthusiasts, the Trichomonas disease condition is also known by such names as “trich” (said like ‘try-k’) or “Canker” Trichomonas is a protozoan organism… Read more »

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In Johannesburg, people are proud of their gardens and love the garden birds that they attract. Including doves, pigeons, sparrows, weavers etc. Most people (like ourselves) put out feeding trays for the birds and have bird baths. It is these bird baths that are responsible for transmitting the disease. We are aware of this, so to clean the bath of Tryk we empty it out every few days and leave it to bake in the sun for a day. So, this is an appeal to everyone with a Bird Bath, please empty it out frequently and let it dry in… Read more »

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croctears
Keeping prayers coming for the second little owlet along with Lady & Pappa 🙏
My heart goes out to Tracey and Allan. 💔

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Hi PPO Folks!
Thinking of the owl family and wishing them well sparkleheart
Beautiful view from the balcony🔆

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Update on the owlets – I will post in the order they showed on Facebook:

Pot Plant Owl
15 hrs ago
03 Jan early am update:

Our second chick came back to the balcony. It is on the balcony awning.

Our sick chick didn’t eat anything and is quiet and weak. Allan is taking it to the vet shortly so will update later.

No sign of the parents..will keep an ear out for garden bird alarm calls.

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Pot Plant Owl 11 hrs ago SECOND UPDATE 3 JANUARY: The vet confirmed the early stages of Trich (Trichomonas) in our chick. Terrible news but it is treatable. We are now tasked with locating and catching the rest of the owl family to test them too. As luck would have it, our second intrepid explorer came back to the balcony early this morning and sat on the balcony awning. Murray came round and together with our neighbour, Craig, helped us catch second chick in a net. The second chick was also badly dehydrated so after getting some fluids in it,… Read more »

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Pot Plant Owl 3 hrs ago THIRD UPDATE TODAY: The two little owlets are at the vet being treated for trich. The chicks will be at the vet for a good couple of weeks. Vet wants to make sure that trich is treated properly. At the same time, vet wants to make sure that the chicks can hunt for themselves properly before returning ‘home’ to this area. If we bring them back here too soon and they can’t hunt properly & parents aren’t around, we’re going to have to hunt for them….haha..not a chance! So the goal is now healthy… Read more »

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Pot Plant Owl
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Update on owl parents:

At 7:30pm, just as we were ready to go inside make food, we heard Pappa hooting.

A good, vocal hoot from Pappa, followed by a long flight past us to the neighbour’s rooftop.

No sign of yet but that’s okay. We are still hopeful that we will see her soon.

Here’s Pappa…

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thanks, Chris….hoping and praying they will all be ok.

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Appreciate the posting of the updates Chris.

Wishing the owlets a quick return to good health so they can resume to being
“little stinkers” doubleheart

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bigfrown

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Good day to all you PPO folks !

Hope the little owlet is feeling better day sparkleheart

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Read all posts in order to get the full story from Facebook:

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11 hrs ago
2 Jan update:

no owl family on the balcony when we woke up but about five minutes ago..our time 13h05…our parrots went beserk. They spotted one of the owls flying their window.

Low and behold, we have a stinker visitor..this is why we keep the webcam up.

Some pics…

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Pot Plant Owl 3 hrs ago Second post for 2 Jan and this one’s a biggy: The owlet that returned to the balcony remained on the lip of the pot plant looking very docile. By 6pm our time, the chick was still there – barely able to keep its eyes open. Allan and I decided to contact our wildlife rehab friend, Murray, to come and take a look. Before Murray came through, I managed to catch the owlet and out it in our bathroom where it remained until Murray arrived. When Murray arrived, he tasked me with holding the owlet… Read more »

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Murray found that our owlet was dehydrated so gave the chick something to help the dehydration. The dehydration could be why the chick was so docile. Another reason the chick was docile may be a reaction to poisons. Tomorrow the vet will re-test for trike, check hydration levels and test for any poisoning. For now, the owlet is in a small box. Murray has given us two baby rodents to throw in the box for food. Fingers crossed that the owlet eats tonight – that will be a very good sign. No sign of Lady, Pappa or our other adopted… Read more »

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Pot Plant Owl

READ ABOVE POST to make sense of the following pictures….

The chick was very lethargic in our bathroom. When Murray arrived, we took it downstairs for the examination.

I got to hold the little one…lucky me.

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Video uploaded on our You Tube channel, Pot Plant Owl.

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ppo update :-((

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Chris in Olympia
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Judy, you and I have the same idea. wink

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Pot Plant Owl
1/1/2019

HAPPY 2019!!!

It’s pouring down here in PPO land. Last night at sunset, the little stinkers made their appearance on the rooftops in our suburb. Flying ants came out and Lady flew around, catching them in mid air. The chicks remained on the rooftops begging for food.

This morning, the owl family are nowhere in sight probably due to the continuous downpour we are having.

So grateful for the rain..and it helps us clean the balcony.

We will start publishing some season pictures and videos in the next few days.

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Pot Plant Owl
1/1/2019

SECOND POST FOR the New Year:

Allan switched off the cam to clean the balcony. While he was cleaning, he heard a CLUNK on the awning. He looked up and saw one chick staring back at him.

We didn’t realize that the chick was there. Lady must be with the other chick a little further away from the balcony.

Balcony chick had the audacity to snap at Allan as if to say “What do you think you’re doing on my balcony?”…lol

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Happy New Year everyone.

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Hope 2019 will be a good year for ya Chris ! blush

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