Baby Owl Introduction, first day seen in Nest!

 
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Baby Great Horned Owl, first day seen in the nest!
We have been checking at the "owl area" in a park locally for several weeks now, and hardly any signs of the owls until lately, - we'd even begun to think they might no longer be there. But this evening we lucked out, and some regular owl watchers who live closer to the park than we do, and who have been watching with binoculars every day, showed us where the nest is this year, which is in a different tree than where I captured images 2 years ago. The nest is much higher up in the cottonwood tree than the nest 2 years ago.
We saw only 2 baby owls, usually there are 3, but a 3rd, smaller owl might emerge later. The mother owl was close by on another branch, watching her youngsters. And Papa owl was in another tree.

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Guest - Jul 06, 2007 05:54 AM EDT
hi Vicky, thanks for the nice comments and compliments. I've just realized that the images here are larger now, - that's a great improvement, right.
Guest - Jul 05, 2007 03:57 PM EDT
Alandra - you've outdone yourself - again. This is a wonderful image and definitely nice and sharp. The owlet's downey feathers are a beautiful texture contrast to the tree bark. I'm glad I finally got to enjoy it. Vicki
Guest - Apr 20, 2007 04:36 AM EDT
appreciate your nice comments, also, Cindy, thankyou. Well, the tree branches are sharper than the baby owl, but it is very high up, at least 80 feet I'd guess. You asked about the nest, - the baby owl is actually sitting at the top edge of the nest. Being so high up, we can't see the actual nest, -but assume it's in the hollow of the branch where the owl is sitting. The nest cavity could be fairly deep. I guess as the baby owls grow, it gets pretty crowded in there, so the strongest and oldest baby emerges first, to get a bit of space for itself :) Everyone around here watches this owl family each year with great interest :)
Guest - Apr 20, 2007 04:31 AM EDT
Hi Mary, appreciated your nice comments, thanks. Yes, it really does give us great pleasure to be able to view this large variety of birds and wildlife here. Great for retirement :) Just can't think how we lived here for so many years and I didn't have this photog. equipment (DSLR etc)! To think how I hesitated about buying it, for fear of not being able to operate it! We always loved seeing the birds etc, but didnt spend nearly enough time driving around looking for them, as we do now.
Guest - Apr 20, 2007 01:56 AM EDT
This is a very cute photo Alandra and I think it looks pretty sharp too. Is the nest very far away from the baby?
Guest - Apr 20, 2007 12:03 AM EDT
Nice capture Alandra. Viewing these birds must give you lots of pleasure. You certainly live in a birder's paradise.
Guest - Apr 19, 2007 11:43 PM EDT
thanks Carol, Steve and Lorraine, glad you like the baby owl images. Yes, Lorraine, they are quite comical, these baby owls. They stare at us below, and they "bob" their heads up and down, and then they move their heads in a circular motion, as if trying to get a better view, esp when we had our Labs with us, in previous years. You have to laugh at them.
Guest - Apr 19, 2007 06:59 PM EDT
Great shot, Alandra, and it looks perfectly sharp to me. Fascinating information as well on the natural history of these birds.
Guest - Apr 19, 2007 06:51 PM EDT
Lovely Owl photo! Carol
Guest - Apr 19, 2007 04:46 PM EDT
He looks quite funny looking down at you, just the angle of his body, a lovely capture all the same and very interesting read.
Guest - Apr 19, 2007 03:26 PM EDT
thanks very much, Alex. Well, as always, I wish it was sharper, but they are very high up this year. Am going again later today, and will try with my teleconverter on the lens, to see if I can sharpen the images up. Only problem is, then I have to use manual focus, and my sight isn't always that great LOL.
Guest - Apr 19, 2007 03:21 PM EDT
WOW!! very nice.

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