Have you seen missing eagle owl Fiona?

PUBLISHED: 16:17 06 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:17 06 August 2015

Fiona the eagle owl who has gone missing

Fiona the eagle owl who has gone missing


A nature lover is has been left upset after his 10-week old eagle owl flew the coop.

David Gook, from Beighton Road, Acle, runs Hawking Experience, and owns around 30 birds of prey, which he takes into schools and runs experience days for fellow enthusiasts.

The 58-year-old had gone into his aviary to feed his birds when eagle owl Fiona flew out of the house.

The bird, which has a six metre wing span, escaped on Wednesday at around 10.30pm and Mr Gook spent all night trying to track her down.

He said: “I was feeding her just like we normally do and all of a sudden she flew at the door and got up onto a piece of fence and from there she went onto the roof.

“She sat there for a little while and then took off right across the fields in front of the house.”

Mr Gook has hand reared Fiona from a chick and is desperate to track her down as she is dependent on him. He said she would be easy to spot due to her large wingspan.

“During the day because it’s hot she will lay down and try and keep cool, as soon as it started to get a bit cooler she’ll use her wings again.”

Mr Gook has been running Hawking Experience for 25 years and said he had only suffered one other escapee when one of his barn owls was scared off by some seagulls, while he was doing a presentation in Gorleston. He was able to get the bird safely back, however.

If you have seen Fiona call Mr Gook on 01493 750973 or 07549279592.

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