Little owl turns into disco star

Little owl turns into disco star

George Reszeter




...and you get the bird

First published in News The Oxford Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Abingdon and Wantage, South Oxford and Kennington. Call me on 01865 425431

THIS Little Owl is no twit, wooing his sweetheart.

His “John Travolta” dance even elicited a little ’owl of delight from his feathered friend.

And the courting was all caught on camera by former Oxford Mail photographer George Reszeter when he was at a bird-watching spot near Appleton in south Oxfordshire last Friday.

He said: “I came across the scene and sat there patiently for hours and hours, but I got lost in the moment.

“The male did a little “John Travolta” dance for his female, and she gave a little scream of delight.

“When he wooed his female and she was all lovey-dovey behind him, he gave a little wink to the camera.

“He won her over.”

Mr Reszeter, who lives in Wootton near Abingdon, added: “There are quite a few little owls around if you know where to look, but to get something like this is absolutely amazing.”

The owls are just eight inches tall, a third the size of their tawny cousins.

James Channon, 28, who runs Fallowfields Falconry in nearby Southmoor, said catching owls displaying such affection was a rare treat. He said: “Little owls are not particularly common, and to catch that level of behaviour is rare.

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“I would not personally call them affectionate.

“They sit next to each other and preen, but it’s not normally a case of ‘get your coat, you’ve pulled.”

See more of Mr Reszeter’s wildlife photography at

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