Monday, July 30, 2012
Pappa is not taking 'no' for an answer. For the past couple of weeks, we've been watching Pappa do everything in his power to entice Pot Plant Owl to the balcony, and the nest. In the twilight hours, Pappa flies to the balcony and begins. First he hoots. And hoots. And hoots... If this doesn't illicit a response from PPO, Pappa jumps into the pot plant, and shuffles his talons and scratches the soil, all the while looking around for Pot Plant Owl. If this doesn't bring PPO to the nest, Pappa gets out of the nest and flies to the rooftop nearby,and hoots again - this time louder and more 'forcefully' - as if to say 'Okay now. I'm calling you here. Come on!' Pot Plant Owl, in the meantime, lazily watches the scene unfolding from her hunting pole. She seems to enjoy Pappa's pre-mating display (although she's not letting him know that). When Pappa eventually flies off hunting, we've spotted PPO make a quick fly-over the nest as if making sure that everything is still there, and (almost) as she left it months ago. We've watched this display for four years now. It never ceases to amaze me how routine owls can be. And no matter how much Pappa entices, or we encourage, or other people 'will' the breeding season to start - the breeding season will begin exactly on time - when Nature (and PPO) intend it to.