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casil403
03-23-2010, 08:28 PM
Found these guys today while out on the bike for a ride. Watched them for a long time. :)

Great horned owlets:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4039/4457896891_e87712b5e0_o.jpg

Time for a Nap:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2762/4458677698_1aca1a2b18_o.jpg

Iguanasan
03-23-2010, 08:32 PM
Very cute! Nice capture. Don't think I've ever seen owlets before. Thanks for sharing.

casil403
03-23-2010, 08:43 PM
Meet the parents...well one of them anyway...the other was higher up and more obscured by branches. :)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2704/4457928467_e0766b10aa_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2780/4458718880_90ed8681b6_o.jpg

I so wish I was better at bird photography.
I know where they are so I might go back and give it another go. I thought I heard them the other morning hooting in the same area and low and behold..there they were today!
Used a tripod but I still don't think they are sharp enough. :shrug: :wall-an:

casil403
03-23-2010, 09:22 PM
One more:
They just blend in so well with the trees.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2752/4458022305_d82606e039_o.jpg

The other parent was sleeping a bit higher up and well hidden in the trees and leaves:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4458929858_775e4ab6d2_o.jpg

Michaelaw
03-23-2010, 11:43 PM
Nice..I am so wanting to get some Owl shots. Getting ready to pin Maxis ears back glue a beak on her face and sit her in a tree:D

Mad Aussie
03-24-2010, 03:05 AM
:) M!

Very cool shots Casil!! I had an 'awwwwwwwwww cute' moment :)

QuietOne
03-24-2010, 03:23 AM
They're adorable. Nice find.

I'm not sure your photos are as fuzzy as you think. The owlets look pretty sharp, and it seems like the portions around the face of the adults are, too. Maybe your eye is being fooled by the barring pattern of the bodies' feathers. Either way, please, get more pictures. It'd be interesting to see a season's worth.

edG
03-24-2010, 06:38 AM
great captures Casil

casil403
03-24-2010, 08:18 AM
Thanks for the nice words....:)
I know where they are so I think I will start this thread on watching them grow. Not too far from my place and really easy to capture. :)

Greg_Nuspel
03-24-2010, 09:08 AM
OK please please show me where they are:)

Wicked Dark
03-24-2010, 09:34 AM
Those are terrific. I wonder how many opportunities like this I've walked right by. So glad you didn't.

casil403
03-25-2010, 03:15 PM
Thanks a bunch!
Funny, this morning on my way to school I went by there and one of the little owlet chicks was out of the den/nest and sitting way out on one of the branches staring at me. Now I think there might be 3 of them but I can't quite tell if 3 or 2. :shrug:
LoL they seem to really like pigeons as there are lots of pigeon feathers in the area. :thumbup:
Unfortunately, still dark and no camera....they sure are cute though. :)

mbrager
03-26-2010, 02:17 AM
Very interesting pictures. Don't owls eat mice and gophers? And pigeons? Oh, that is what you meant. Exciting project. If you hang around them long enough, they might imprint on you (mistake you for their mother) and follow you home. LOL.
Mike

Hillbillygirl
03-27-2010, 09:00 AM
Great shots Casil and nice find on the nest. Please do keep us informed on their growth.