Monday, May 21, 2012

Great Horned Owlets

I wonder how these two Great Horned Owlets managed this long weekend.  They are in a nest located between campsites and at the edge of a road at a very popular Provincial Park that opened for the summer camping season this past Friday.

Great Horned Owls are very protective parents and will attack intruders. The young owls leave the nest when they are between one and two months old and can fly when they are nine to ten weeks old

The park was not officially open (electricity on, but no other facilities) last week, when I camped.  During the night I heard a Great Horned Owl  (Bulo viginianus) hooting close-by.  Next morning I went for a walk, easily spotted the nest, watched the mother owl fly around the area, no doubt watching my every move.   Later, as I was leaving, I very briefly stopped to snap a couple of photos.

Owls have such wonderful faces.

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