The expression on her face when she discovers two young in her nest!
British wildlife photographer and artist Robert E. Fuller resides in Thixendale, North Yorkshire.
In order to make his art, he constructs routines to attract wildlife to his garden so he can observe their activity using nest cameras.
Observing their actions enables him to create his paintings and other creative works. Fuller rehabilitates creatures, such as orphaned or missing owlets, commonly known as baby owls.
“I frequently insert orphaned or missing owlets into the nests of tawny owls, and these birds accept them as their own.” Strong is their impulse to protect and nurture,” Fuller explains in the title of one of his YouTube videos.
Luna is the name of one of the tawny owls performing the role of adoptive mother for Fuller.
Luna was herself a rehabilitated owl.
She was adopted and raised by owls at Fuller’s property in 2017.
Due to their care and protection, Luna matured into a healthy adult owl who desired to raise her own young.
Luna spent two years attempting to become a mother, but her eggs did not hatch.
According to The Dodo, she also lost an entire clutch of eggs during the previous year.
However, Luna still had the opportunity to become a mother. Fuller discovered two additional owlets in need of a mother.
He knew that by placing the infants with Luna, she would be able to satisfy her maternal instincts and give them a fighting chance. Therefore, Fuller placed the two owlets in Luna’s nest and awaited her return.
He hoped she would adopt the infants and nurture them as her own.
Thankfully, Luna took an immediate liking to the two infants. After noticing the two infants while looking into her tree hole, Luna rushed inside it.
She went over to them and tucked the infants under her wings before immediately covering them to keep them warm and safe.
The term for this, according to All About Birds, is “brooding.” Female owls will sit on their young to control their body temperature until the young have sufficient feathers to do so on their own.
Fuller was ecstatic to discover that these two infants have a new mother.
Likewise, he was delighted for Luna.
Fuller noted, “This indicates that after a lengthy wait, Luna the tawny owl is finally a mother.”
Bomber, Luna’s companion, also welcomed the owlets into their home.
“When Bomber the tawny owl discovers the two rescued babies I placed in his nest for the first time, he appears very excited. However, Luna is rather guarded and does not allow him to approach her just yet. Fuller noticed that she gives him a short look before guiding him out of their nest with a strong claw on his leg, as if to say, “Now go bring them some food.”
Due to their parents’ new tasks, the offspring are doing well and should be able to return to the wild on their own soon.
See Luna’s response to becoming a mother in the video below.
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