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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Great Horned Owls Goldstream


I am taking it easy this week and putting in some photos from past files and not much in the way of text today.  So it is flashback Tuesday with a blast from the past.



I have some Great Horned Owl babies that I am putting in from two years ago.  I did not even have the heart to look at most of these photos and videos before now.  The reason is I don't think all the owlets made it through the difficult early time before they can fly good.  Young owls are preyed upon by some other creatures.  Like this Red Tailed Hawk that was always looking at these owlets. In any case it is probable that the owlets did not make it. 


The parent owls would call out whenever the Red Tails came cruising above.  The owlets were not at Goldstream.  They were called the Planter Box Owlets as the mother made a nest in a planter box on a building in my town.  They put a camera on them. And then we all fell in love with the babies. But being in love with nature can be bittersweet.  Your heart can get broken. It is only now after two years that I can think about them. I have a tender heart for wildlife.




I learned a lot about owlets watching the cam on the nest.  Just like the cameras on the eagles nests.  It was completely different in the owl nest though.  The strongest baby eaglets will sometimes try to destroy the weakest and last hatched eaglet.  Difficult to watch. Baby owls are totally different than eagles and seemed to be more interested in being affectionate.  Lots of beaking kisses and hugging.  Also they were always concerned that they were together.




Goldstream in the Fall below.



I already had these photos put through a paint program and on Picasa so thought I would put them in.  They are at Goldstream in the fall.








Goldstream and Great Horned Owls for the letter G at ABC.
There are two videos below, if they do not appear, reload or view at my YouTube Page.








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61 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

Nora. This is a fantastic post about the Owls. Wonderful photography and I adored the 2 video. Also the coloring of the tree shot is stunning. Have a good week and have a rest.

Breathtaking said...

Absolutely fantastic close up shots of the owls,.. never seen better. How sweet that the owlets are so affectionate, and hug and kiss. I enjoyed the vídeo clips too. Great post!:)

Nora said...

Thanks Margaret for your comment. Also thanks for your loyal support of my blog. We seems to speak the universal language of nature and the love of birds. It must be early morning over there now. I enjoy your videos and blog as well.

eileeninmd said...

I love the owls, they are so cute. Awesome photos.. Have a happy day!

Linda W. said...

Amazing owl photos!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Fabulous photos! I love the owls and the autumn colours.

Nora said...

thanks Breathtaking, I enjoy your photos very much also. Yes the owlets even seem to share the food evenly and at some points they seemed worried if one did not get enough food they would give it some of their food. I could be mistaken but it seemed that owls are much more generous in the early stages. Eagles work on the system that only the strong survive.

Nora said...

Thanks Margaret, I replied below as I forgot to click reply.

Nora said...

Thanks Eileen. I enjoy your work as well.

Nora said...

Thanks Linda. Your posts are always interesting to me.

Nora said...

Thanks Linda. Your posts are always interesting to me.

Nora said...

Thanks Gunilla. I enjoy your view of your life so far away but so near as there are no boundaries here, no borders, no language barriers, we are all on one web planet here. Blogging transcends are those previous restrictions.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

oh, my...nice collection of shots

Stephanie said...

Lovely shots!

Ruth Hiebert said...

These are wonderful pictures.Too good to keep them hidden away.I too,hate to see birds lose their life,but I have to remind myself that that is the way of nature.Let's hope that these owlets survived and are now ready to raise their own family.

EG CameraGirl said...

Sweet photos of the owlets, Nora. I took photos of some baby Great Horned Owl juveniles...and lost all my photos I'd saved on a hard drive. I so love these photos but I have tears in my eyes because of what I've lost.

carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful owl photography and nature can be cruel sometimes ~ lovely nature photography ~

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Valerie said...

Sweet shots of the owlets Nora, complemented by the pretty scenic captures. Rest up.

mick said...

Great photos. Those little owls are so cute and the videos are cute too showing the way they walk around on the branches. The photos of the fall colors are very beautiful too and one photo especially shows the moss on the trees - amazing! Thanks for sharing with us all.

Andrea Priebe said...

Don't be so sure the owlets didn't make it. The parents will protect them to the death and they are much more powerful than the Red Tail Hawk. I am guessing that at least one of them made it through fledging and if it learned to hunt well from it's parents it will survive ... it may be out there now hoot, hoot, hooting away and protecting a nest of it's own. These are lovely pictures. I love owls (Public Television just had a program on Owls and you would love to learn how truly amazing they really are. If you get the chance you should watch it.) Your trees are beautiful and I love the thought of fall ... sure beats -7degrees F. I truly enjoyed this visit ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Gail Dixon said...

How wonderful to document these beautiful birds with your great photos! Last year we had a pair of Barred Owls whose chicks did not make it to fledge. It was very sad because we had followed the parents and their journey for months. But they are nesting and trying again.

ladyfi said...

Wow -- those owl shots are amazing! And the scenery looks lovely too.

Indrani said...

Lovely captures of owl, they are such interesting captures.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Super Nora!!! I have a new found admiration of ANY owl. Your photo shares are fabulous. Thanks for sharing your link at my bird photo meme this past weekend...much appreciated.

I'm here today from Nature Notes.

Karen said...

What a magnificent pair!

Mari said...

OMG they are so fluffy. Great images. Love those trees along the road.

Ela said...

These birds are so gorgeous ! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos and amazing films !
Greetings !

Findlay Wilde said...

Those owlets are really cute. I always think owlets of all species are very curious as well.

Nora said...

Perhaps I can send you some photos or something EGCamera. You have not lost them, they are in your minds eye, in your memories. It is hard. We lost all our pictures on our first computer also. I have a system of putting some pictures on a second hard drive now as I have had a hard drive fail.

Nora said...

Hope you are feeling better Ruth after your fall. Take care.

Nora said...

I enjoyed that huge storm photo shoot you did Mick. That was an amazing amount of wind. Hope you are ok.

Nora said...

Thanks Val. I enjoyed the warm weather you have.

Nora said...

Thanks Andrea from the Sol. This to me is like getting a letter from a dear friend when I read these lovely comments. I think my husband just saw that Owl show on PBS. He is telling me all these facts about owls. These little owlets were in a city environment and too close to people.

Nora said...

Oh dear Gail. I hope you continue to do your blog. Gail has a blog I have read for years. She has the most amazing bird photos I have ever seen. Each one is a like an artist painted it. Gail will post on Mondays now.

Nora said...

Hi Fi, nice to see you here. Fiona has two goldens now! She got a new golden. She is in Sweden but she is just a click away on the computer. She is a writer and a photographer.

Nora said...

Indrani and I have blogged for a long time. Indrani is in India and shows us Faces of India as well as all her travels. It is nice to see these familiar faces here.

Nora said...

Who knew. Whooooo knew that Hootin Hootin Anni was also a great artist. She has drawings on her blog today. Birds too.

Nora said...

Exciting to find a new young birder! Findlay has a great birding blog post today.

Nora said...

Ela is in Russia. I hope my translator works for all these new people. Ela is showing us Russian customs.

Nora said...

oops Ela is in Poland and Mari above is in Russia!

Rambling Woods said...

Nora-These are wonderful photos but I understand completely. I stopped watching nesting boxes after watching owls for a while. I have enough watching with the summer season on the pond. I keep reminding myself that nature brings both joy and heartache.. just like life.... hug..Michelle

Nora said...

Thanks Michelle. Sometimes the struggle of life gets me down. The struggle wildlife goes through just to live and eat each day. And our struggle Michelle, to live.

Anni said...

Nora...I'm finally able to get to visiting from the Bird D'Pot meme today...again, I want to say: Thanks for sharing this link at I'd Rather B Birdin' this week.

Gattina said...

Beautiful pictures ! I love owls, they have the same round eyes as my cat, lol ! Sometimes she looks like an owl.

Gattina
ABC Team

http://gattina-keyholepictures.blogspot.com/

Sonia said...

Beautiful photographs..I'm so glad I found your blog..we are going to be visiting Vancouver Island this July and can't wait to see your nature filled area in person. The owls are so sweet. We have an owl cam here in Oklahoma now with three owlets in a planter box this year. The same owl has nested there for 4 years...so fun to watch them but sure would be sad to lose any of them. They are precious creatures.
Miss Bloomers

Roger Owen Green said...

GREAT shots of a great owl!

ROG, ABCW

DeniseinVA said...

These are great Nora. Such cute owls! Thank you for sharing them.

Fun60 said...

I love your owl photos. The nature that surrounds your daily life must bring you such joy.

Marie said...

This was a truly wonderful post. It saddened me so much to know the owlettes did not make it, but the fact that they were so affectionate with one another, and that they had so many people pulling for them, really touched my heart. Beautiful photos and video! We recently watched an awesome program about owls and how special they are, and I have a new affection for them!

fredamans said...

Beautiful owls!

Mary Cromer said...

Beautiful, Gorgeous Raptors, and you know I loved this share very much~

Light and Voices said...

Oh my gosh, those Horned Owls look like love birds. How cute are they? Too cute!!!! Thanks I'm going to hold the smile on my face for awhile after leaving your blog.
JM, IL-U.S.A.

NatureFootstep said...

love the owls. And the beautiful nature. Both Element and Picasa is good for working with images :)

Gemma Wiseman said...

The owls are fascinating. One baby owl face looks a little like a detailed sculpture. .

Munir said...

Great Shots. You did that without disturbing them? Amazing! They are known to have a vision for every thing around them.
Thanks for sharing.

CountryMouse said...

Those owls are very cute, so fluffy looking. You were lucky to see them and learn about them.

Stewart M said...

Great pictures! I love owls (and I don't suppose I am alone in this!)

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Kim ,USA said...

A pair of owls that is rare.

Thank you for joining Water World Wednesday
Kim,USA

Wally Jones said...

Terrific post from the past, Nora! Yes, it can be difficult to watch Mother Nature sometimes, but She certainly offers us beautiful and wondrous things to behold. Goldstream series was really gorgeous!
Hope your weekend is peaceful.

Wally From Rainy, Wet, Drippy, Soggy Florida

Florence said...

What darling babies! It is hard to fall in love with them and then know that not all of them will make it. Nature can be so hard.

Frank said...

Nora ... Thank you for sharing your memorable encounters with these fabulous Owls and the gorgeous fall colours.

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