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Young Masked Owl at the Raptor Refuge

Young Masked Owl at the Raptor Refuge

Sunday January 28, 2018

The Raptor Refuge in southern Tasmania has a new resident – a Tasmanian Masked Owl! The young fella, named Bentley, will likely join his brother Monty as the face of the refuge and I had the great honour of meeting him just a few weeks ago.

Tasmanian Masked Owl, Raptor Refuge

Young “Bentley” finding his feet at the Raptor Refuge

Tasmanian Masked Owl, Raptor Refuge

The dynamic duo – Bentley with his older brother Monty

Tasmanian Masked Owl, Raptor Refuge

Bentley and Monty, Tasmanian Masked owls together at the Raptor Refuge

Bentley and Monty at the Raptor Refuge

Bentley and Monty at the Raptor Refuge

Bentley and Monty at the Raptor Refuge

Bentley and Monty, Tasmanian masked owls, at the Raptor Refuge

Family Portrait - Craig with the two young owls

Family Portrait – Craig with the two young owls

Resplendent in his fuzzy down feathers, he looked a little uncertain on his feet but curious at all the goings on around him. There is always a lot of bad news when it comes to the environment so it is great to know good things are being done. The Tasmanian masked owl is endangered in Tasmania so it is such a wonderful achievement by Craig at the refuge to be looking after these guys and giving them a safe haven to recover from their struggles with human interference with the landscape.

Visiting the Raptor Refuge

If you’d like to visit the Refuge I offer private photography sessions that run on demand. The session is a great opportunity to meet these guys up close and personal and is a significant contribution to the conservation work undertaken here. Alternatively please consider becoming a member of the Refuge and you will receive invitations to open days and other such events.

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