I left Ann at home this morning, as she wanted to catch up on her household chores. She was understandably jealous, that I was going to go birding and shooting without her, but someone had to do it.
We had discovered a Great Horned Owl’s nest in the fork of a tree a couple of days ago. I am thinking that there are may be some owlets hidden there. Great Horned Owls lay there egg sometime in January thru February. The incubation period is from 28-35 days. So based on that, the little guys should be ready to fledge.
I saw no sign of owlets, however the mother, I presume, flew from the nest as I approached from about 50 yards away. I stayed back a good distance and watched as she landed in a nearby tree. I got my Canon 70D and 150-600mm lens and cautiously got out of the car. I hand-held the camera, steadying myself against a nearby tree and shot this photo. The advantage of a long lens, of course, that I can get images from a good distance without disturbing the bird.
I watched from behind a tree for awhile, then she took flight and flew back to the nest. Again with my long lens, I was able to catch her peeking at me from her shelter. Even though I was around 50 feet away she was obviously aware of me.
Since there was no sign of any owlets, I left her to her motherly duties and left the scene.
I drove through the local parks and saw several of the usual resident species. I got a couple more photos to show you.
It was a fun morning even though Ann wasn’t with me. I missed her doing most of the spotting. But I done all right by myself, anyway. Of course, the highlight was photographing the owl.