A POPULAR Fife bird of prey centre is hoping to beat the odds to successfully rear Great Grey owl chicks in captivity.
Elite Falconry has successfully bred a pair of the beautiful owls at its premises on the outskirts of Kirkcaldy and staff are eagerly waiting for the eggs to hatch at the end of the month.
Grace, a nine-year-old female and her partner Mr Jones (3), both of whom were reared as chicks at Elite Falconry, have produced a clutch of nine eggs.
At least six of the eggs have shown to be fertile, through a simple process called candling in which a powerful beam of light is shone through the shell.
Elite is planning to set up a webcam link to its website so the public can see the chicks hatch live.