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.
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