Great Horned owl chicks - update (6 img)

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Frits, May 20, 2007.

  1. Today I went and see how the two Great Horned owl chicks were doing.
    They had grown some more and the down is slowly being replaced by feathers.
    To my surprise, one of them is venturing out from the nest onto a branch.
    They also stretched their wings a few times. I think they'll start flapping them soon and before you know it they'll practice flying.
    Whenever I get into the vicinity of the nest, the parents take off. I can see them in a tree at a good distance looking at me - too far to take any images of them.

    All: D2x, Nikkor Ai 400mm f/3.5 + TC-14E or TC-201

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  2. eng45ine

    eng45ine

    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Awwww, what cute little fuzz balls they are. Nice find Frits!
     
  3. Great Set Frits, Looks like you have a winner there
     
  4. Glacier

    Glacier

    Jan 17, 2006
    Boaz, Alabama
    Outstanding Frits!
     
  5. Great set Frits. They are so lovely.

    Keep them coming!
     
  6. vettenut

    vettenut

    Feb 27, 2006
    Tolland CT
    They look they are ready to go out and hunt on their own already, pretty big already for "little fellas" , nice series of shots. - Jeff
     
  7. Very nice Fritz
     
  8. Sure do grow fast, don't they?! Nice series Frits. But keep you eyes on mom... she may swoop down on you when you least expect it.
     
  9. Gale

    Gale

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    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Super pics of the young ones.
    They are cute for sure
     
  10. Great timing Frits... last night I was thinking about your protege... :smile:

    They look ready for flying school... :biggrin:
     
  11. Fritz, The photos look great but what you are discribing about the parents going off to a roost tree away from the nest is a good indication you are disturbing them most likely by getting to close. Please don't be offended by my comment just trying to keep people informed about nesting raptors in case they don't realize it. This law applies to the USA only and not your home in Canada.
    Lou
     
  12. I appreciate your comment Lou and it is a very valid one.
    This nest is in the woods behind one of the greens at my golf course.
    When I go and shoot images, I stay just behind the green without setting even a foot in the woods. So, where I am is no closer then the ongoing traffic of golfers that go through there. Sometimes one of the parents is there and I think that someone staying around is what causes them to move away some.
    (Note that these are with a 400mm + TC 1.4 or TC 2.0 for the reason that I keep at a distance).

    This is an older shot looking at the green behind which they are. I position myself just behind the green, but before the trees.

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  13. radz

    radz

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    Nov 12, 2005
    NewDelhi,India
    Very nice catch..Thanks for sharing.
     
  14. Cute as can be Frits. Obviously it pays to keep your eyes in the trees while playing golf.
     
  15. revdhd

    revdhd

    May 2, 2007
    Cincinnati
    Fritz,

    Wonderful shots. I've never seen GHO chicks before and your captures are just excellent.

    God bless.
    Doug
     
  16. Isen't that something. The places raptors will build a nest. Funny about the golf course but back in 2005 we had a rehabbed young female eagle that was stuck in between two branches on a golf course and it was some golfers that called for help and that bird was rehabbed and released in June 2005.
    Thanks for the photo and I think I might like being there as it is a nice looking course.
    Lou
     
  17. Awwwww.....they're cute little fellows! And growing so quickly, too! Great shots you got of them!
     
  18. Great set Frits. A first for me to see these cute little critters.

    Louie
     
  19. The second one is great. It looks scared.

    Rich
     
  20. My favourite is the first one for the peekaboo effect :smile:. These are terrific, Frits. Not a bad day at golf, fore sure! :wink: How do you carry all your camera gear in your golf bag????? :biggrin:
     
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