Encounter with a Eurasian eagle-owl: BWPC

Eurasian eagle-owl

Being able to participate in an encounter with an Eurasian eagle-owl was one of my favorite things on a recent trip to Ireland. You have the opportunity to see various birds of prey up close and personal at the Dingle Falconry Experience, located on the Dingle peninsula.

Owl in flight in  Dingle, Ireland March 2020

This bird is a female named “Fluffy.” Eurasian eagle-owls are one of the largest owls in the world. Females, which are larger than the males, measure 30 inches in length. This owl’s wingspan is typically 4 feet 4 inches to 6 feet 2 inches.

Guide at Dingle Falconry Experience Ireland March 2020

The guides tell you about the life history of each species at Dingle Falconry Experience. In addition to the eagle-owl, they had an Irish barn owl, a peregrine falcon, and a Harris hawk the day I was there. You stand in a large circle and the birds fly to each participant’s gloved hand.

Owl being held at Dingle Falconry Experience March 2020

The Eurasian eagle-owl is brought to each participant. That’s because she is heavy! See our guide supporting my wrist when I’m holding Fluffy? Eurasian eagle-owls weigh 2.7 to 10.1 pounds, with females on the heavier end of the scale. Barn owls weigh 0.9 to 1.4 pounds in comparison.

If you’re ever in Dingle in County Kerry, Ireland, try to make time to participate in this unique experience. It’s one you will never forget! 😀

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20 thoughts on “Encounter with a Eurasian eagle-owl: BWPC

  1. What a beautiful bird! Favors the Great Horned Owl a bit. I would love to hold one of these birds. Maybe I should look into becoming a Falconer…nah….too much work! Nice post and welcome to Bird Weekly. We actually have owls coming up on 10/16 so I hope you have more. I visited your “About Page” and how lucky you are to have spoken to a Pronghorn! I saw aliens in Texas at 10. True story! When I told my grandmother they were peaking in the open window of the bedroom while we were sleeping (only I wasn’t), she said it was probably a cow. Cows don’t glow! Of course no one believed me…but I saw it. Too scared to acknowledge it or talk to it. 🙂

    • Yes, she was beautiful. I have a few other owl pics so I’ll try to remember to come back. Many of us have childhood memories that the adults around us never believed. We remember and those memories always stay with us. 🙂

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