Monday, March 19, 2012

Great Horned Owl Chicks

A little over a month ago I noticed two ears protuding from an Osprey's nest in a tall Pine tree. I knew instantly it was my favorite raptor, the Great Horned Owl, residing in the enormous nest that had been built by an Osprey. Great Horned Owls are known for taking over nests rather than building their own. I quickly turned around and drove past the nest a second time, this time seeing the owl clearly. I was super excited to discover this owl nesting along the main highway I travel regularly to work. I have been viewing the nest regularly and on this past Monday noticed the adult was not in her position. I thought it was possible that there were no successful hatchlings and she left, as that was the case of the nesting GHOs on my street last year. On Wednesday,  though, two white, fuzzy heads were visible! I stopped  by on my way to MINWR on Saturday and took a few photographs. It was early morning when I photographed these chicks high up in the Pine; they sure are adorable!

Great Horned Owl Chicks

Great Horned Owl Chicks

Great Horned Owl

35 comments:

  1. Nothing beats a baby owl.. nothing. Great job capturing their adorableness!

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    1. Thanks Nicholas! The chicks made my day!

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  2. Lovely shots, a lucky lady to be able to witness this. If this was in the UK you would have to fight your way through some jungle to get a glimpse of something looking like an Owl.

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    1. Thanks Marc! I was beyond excited! I have been enjoying just watching the adult, and the chicks are so adorable! Makes my drive to work a whole lot better:)

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  3. Seeing little fuzzy owl babies always makes me smile =D

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  4. I adore Great Horned Owl chicks, they are so fuzzy! I look forward to seeing your images as these young birds grow!

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    1. I look forward to watching them grow! They are so adorable:)

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  5. SOOO cute! the parent is gorgeous and intense!

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    1. The parent looked tired, must have been a long night of hunting!

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  6. How cute! Those are wonderful!

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  7. Great shots! I have seen a few great horned Owls and a few snowy owls, but never have had the fortune to see the chicks.

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    1. Thanks Ian! This was my first time seeing chicks!

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  8. Those are he coolest little things ever, you have captured them beautifully Tammy. well done you.
    Shaun

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  9. Beautiful pictures of the little and adult owls! younger looks curious, fortunately safe up there!
    I've also readen Mia's post on the other blog. Very touching and hope more people could read and forward it!

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    1. Thanks for visiting!Mia's post on www.birdingisfun.com is very touching!

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  10. Beautiful photos, the chicks and something older.

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  11. It's great the Owls have been successful, your pics are superb as ever, the adult is as impressive the chicks are cute :-)

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  12. What a great discovery and super pics! I hope you get to follow them further as they grow.

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  13. A wonder of Blog Tammy. I finish to discover it and loves me. Some images increibles. Greetings from Extremadura.

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  14. A great find Tammy and those babes know you're there don't they. I can'y wait to see your follow up pictures as the chicks get bigger.

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  15. GHOs are one of my favorites. Really like the two youngsters peering over the top of the nest. Great shots Tammy.

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  16. Buenas Fotos de Great Horned Owl Tammy, que bueno que las crías salgan adelante, me gustan felicidades

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  17. Muy simpaticas las crias y un bello ejemplar el Buho adulto.

    Saludos.

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  18. Beautiful little critters Tammy.

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