The Nymphenburg Palace (or to give it it’s proper German name-the Schloss Nymphenburg) here in Munich was the main summer residence for the rulers of Bavaria. The palace has an extensive park behind it which contains many mature trees and it is an excellent place to find Tawny Owls (Strix Aluco) roosting during the day-time.
Certain trees are well known as ‘owl trees’ and the above Tawny Owl has even been given a name, Kasimir. You can be lucky and see the owls throughout the year, but it becomes easier to see them in the autumn and winter.
The owl pictured below was in a different, but also well known, tree and as you can see from the photo this owl is a Tawny Owl of the rufous morph. As I’m not sure if this owl also has a name, I decided to call him or her ‘Rufus’…..