Great Horned Owls

20 Apr

A friend notified me that there were some owls nesting near where she lives.  So I went over to take some photos last week.

This is one of the parents, although I’m not sure which one.  For various reasons, I think this is the female.

This is one of the babies, and the cavity in this old tree is the nest.  There are two owlets and this one is standing on top of the other one.  The legs you see hanging over the edge are leftovers from lunch.  These look like egret legs to me.  There is a lake nearby where one of the parents probably captured the egret and brought it home for lunch.


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  1. Rob

    April 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Strix! The parent looks a little cross.

    • randyg

      April 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      Bubo virginianus

      There was another photo not posted where I got a pretty disgusted look. Perhaps the way she is holding her foot up, in bird gestures, means “fuck you”. But, I think it was mostly directed to the dog that was with us at the time.

  2. Jason

    April 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    wow! they are beautiful! Glad I’m not an egret. 🙂

    • randyg

      April 23, 2011 at 7:52 am

      I’m glad you’re not an egret, too! 🙂

  3. Liz

    April 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Beautiful bird! though not amused at being photographed.:)

    • randyg

      April 23, 2011 at 7:56 am

      She actually didn’t seem too concerned about us. They were both preoccupied with other things and hard to get a shot of them looking my way.