Rare footage of tawny owl cooling down in pond in daylight

NewsflarePublished: August 9, 2018
Published: August 9, 2018

An artist based in Yorkshire was lucky enough to capture the moment a tawny owl took a bath in his pond at home during the UK's recent heatwave.

Robert Fuller, a respected artist who paints pictures of animals, set up a camera at home in Thixendale, North Yorkshire.

Video shows the curious tawny jumping into the pond - unusually in daylight - and taking down several beakfuls of water.

He explains: "As temperatures soar here in the UK during one of the most prolonged hot summers on record my wildlife cameras captured this tawny owl taking a dip in my pond. Not only is this unusual behaviour for a nocturnal bird to be bathing in daylight, but it is also extraordinary to see an owl drinking like this. Normally, birds of prey get the moisture they need from the prey they consume. Watch this owl gulping beakfuls of water in the brilliant sunshine!"

Fuller uses nestcams to study animal behaviour so that he can "capture the individual characters" of his wild subjects in paint.

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