Euroasian eagle owl ( bubo bubo )
Lately her number on the adriatic coast substantially increasing. You can find them along the coast and even on the smaller islands. Dry fields with low shrubs it seems appropriate for them to easy catch its prey which is consists of mices, rats, rabbits, birds up to the size of seagulls, i found many times the adult seagulls in the nest as well as hawks and pheasants, hedgehogs, squirrels, weasels, etc., in the absence of that prey or if there are more chick in the nest they sometimes attack even domestic cats. Place for the nest is usually some kind of rock or cliff in the middle of his hunting field but it can be simply on the ground under some bush. It is easy to recognize nesting spot by pellet that the ejected or remains of prey, skelets and feathers. Male already in early January begins with his deep hooting but the eggs are in the nest usually at the end of April.
If you are walking through their teritory and male fly in front of you because he is always on guard then usually there somewhere is a female, because she does not leave the nest until you are few meters from nest. This owl almost never sleeps and sometimes you can see them hunting in the daytime, i found one hunting in the Split cemetery Lovrinac in broad daylight, ignoring the passersby´s.
There are examples that these magnificent birds attacked people probably out of curiosity or by mistake and not because thea consider us as a prey, although they could cause serious injury if they want to. I found dozens of nests with young chick and i’ve never experienced an attack. There is no better sight than surprise owl during the day and watch her silently flying in front of you.
Video ringing young ones can be seen here