Great horned owls

The prairies around High River are dotted with small stands of trees.  These islands on the grasslands are usually home for a good number of birds.  Last weekend, I visited a long running favorite stand of mine where a pair of great horned owls have raised chicks for 30+ years I have been told.

The morning I arrived, the female was in the nest – presumably the eggs are incubating now.  The male was perched nearby and over the course of an hour he made two sorties to other trees and grabbed one field mouse along the way.

Other than that little bit of action, there was a lot of dozing in the nest and a few very slow blinks by the male too.  He kept his eyes on the magpies that came nearby now and then as well as anything else that flew or drove by.  But it was generally a fairly quiet morning – I think they were both resting up before the chicks are born.  When that happens the activity level necessarily picks up considerably.

5 responses

  1. Nitin Khanna

    Great and Excellent Work. As an Photographer i can understand how much efforts and patience are needed to capture wildlife moments specially owlets and Birds . I started Photography to inspire others to have a look at beautiful nature and now i am trying to share my work with photographers at so that they could learn. Have a look on my work and let me know how is it

    April 4, 2017 at 7:57 am

  2. daveyone1

    Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

    April 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm

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    April 3, 2017 at 8:51 am

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    April 3, 2017 at 8:50 am

  5. Beautiful photos! We have a pair near my house. I haven’t found them, but I can hear them at night. Their call is so distinctive.

    April 3, 2017 at 8:40 am

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