Deliah the Eage Owl is surviving after two years in the wilds of West Norfolk

Mac Tucker with his snowy owl chicks ANL-150715-152843009
Mac Tucker with his snowy owl chicks ANL-150715-152843009

An Eagle Owl is continuing to thrive in wilds of West Norfolk for more than two years.

Deliah the Turmanian owl was either released or stolen from the aviary she shared with mate Sampson in Middleton during April 2013.

But despite being raised in captivity, Deliah has survived in the wild and is frequently seen flying around the Castle Acre area.

Her owner Mac Tucker continues to set traps to re-capture her but now has his hands full with snowy owl chicks, which he has bred.

Mr Tucker said: “In one respect I am pleased that she has survived in the wild for this period of time.

“If this sort of bird is bred in captivity and just left with their parents to rear, their natural instincts kick in.

“I am more than happy if she can remain in the wild as she is unless she is causing problems of anyone’s lifestock but I’ve never had any complaints of that.

“Normally I get phone calls from people who are excited and interested after seeing her.”

Deliah had attracted a lot of attention in Lynn in 2013.

Mr Tucker had spent weeks trying to recapture Deliah around the Hillington Square area.

The bird was briefly re-captpured but escaped within hours of being placed in the aviary.

Mr Tucker has since learned that this was in fact not Deliah but a different Eagle Owl, which was owned by a handler in Fakenham.

A body some months ago was found in Lynn and the ring numbers revealed that this was in fact not Deliah.

Mr Tucker said: “I had taken Sampson down to Hillington Square on a number of occasions to try to encourage her but she took no notice. Now we know it was because this was a strange bird.”

Mr Tucker, who has a number of birds of prey, is now caring for the three snowy owl chicks.

The chicks range in age from three weeks to 10 days old.

Mr Tucker, who has three pairs of adult snowy owls, is currently hand rearing the chicks. They will be sold onto parks or experienced enthusiasts.

Mr Tucker said: “They are sliver grey balls of fluff at the moment.

“They squeak a lot when you feed them.

“I had quite a disappointing year with the Asian Brown Owl that are quite rare.

“They laid two eggs and they hatched but within 48 hours they were both dead.

“I have bred a few kestrels as well.”