Barred Owls

I went to the Greenwood Cemetery recently to check on the Bald Eagles and their 2 juvenile eagles. There wasn’t much to see with the eagles now that the juveniles have fledged. One juvenile sat in a tree behind some branches, so he wasn’t all that cooperative. One of the adults flew in to check on him, and after a couple of minutes, took off again for points unknown. I’d say the opportunities for this year’s eagles are pretty much done.

Since I was at the cemetery, I thought I would try for the Barred Owls. They were rumored to have a nest, but until recently, we hadn’t seen any fledglings. The adults were pretty easy to find, but the fledglings weren’t ready to make their debut. After learning that one fledgling had been spotted, it was time to check out the nest and try my luck. What a surprise to find not one, but two chicks in the nest. If the eagles didn’t want to be cooperative, I’ll take the owls. That seems like a fair trade. (Click an image to view larger).

Barred Owl Chicks

This pair of Barred Owl chicks were quite curious what all the fuss was about. Outside their nest were 8-10 photographers rapidly snapping frames as they peeked out, moved about and tried to out do each other to get in front. Little did they know they were the stars of the show.

At first, all we could see was the bigger one in the back. Then, slowly, the smaller one poked his head up a little bit. Then he got a little braver, and finally, he was standing at the entrance to the nest and completely blocking out his sibling. He seemed to be enjoying all the attention, and quite frankly, the photographers were more than happy to encourage him and keep shooting.

Barred Owl Chicks

This particular nest has a western exposure, so as the afternoon sun was sinking in the sky, the golden afternoon light was creeping up the tree and getting closer and closer to bathing them in some fabulous late afternoon light. But alas, just as the light was about to get good, in rolled the clouds to block our chance. Still, I think this rates pretty high on the cute meter. I hope you agree!

7 Comments

  • A.Barlow

    May 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Really cool shots man!

    • Michael

      May 23, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks for the views and comment.

  • Jimi Jones

    May 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    This is really cool. Looking right into the nesting place, these are some great shots.

  • Roni

    June 1, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Oh Michael! Owls are next on my list!:) My husband is in search of them and really really wants to see them in the wild. I can’t wait to show him this post. What wonderful, whimsical captures and I can imagine being there. Thanks for visiting my blog today.:) I will be following you more closely, I promise. Sometimes it takes me awhile but I really do love your work!

  • Jenny Meenach

    June 6, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Love the owls!! They are some of my favorite birds. You got some great shots!

    • Michael

      June 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks for the visit and comments, Jenny!

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