Photography Challenge with Sue Karski

A Weekly Photo Themed Blog

Week 33 – # A2 – Family

on March 16, 2014

a2 family-5A Family  of  Baby Great Horned  Owls – these three chicks are just about to fledge.  Mom or Dad were off in some tree.  I was hoping to get them in the photo as well, but they were not cooperating.  But the youngsters were hopping around and trying out their wings.  The incubation period ranges from 28 to 37 days, averaging 33  days. Young owls move onto nearby branches at 6 weeks and start to fly about a week later. However, the young are not usually competent fliers until they are about 10 to 12 weeks old.
Since the photographers around have said they had not as yet flown more than to an outside branch on the same tree, they are probably right around the 6 week age.

a2 family-4a2 family This last photo was taken just as the sun was starting to set sending an orange glow towards the owls.

A big thank you to Bob Bolcik for telling me about these little guys at the George Lepp lecture.


12 responses to “Week 33 – # A2 – Family

  1. tnwaltz says:

    Cool! Where are they? I’d love to see them.

  2. lauramacky says:

    Very nice capture!

  3. Marie Lough says:

    Super photos! And I appreciate the lesson. Your blogs are broadening my horizons!

  4. thegatorgal says:

    I wonder how the middle owl will turn out. lol

  5. Beautiful….thanks for sharing the site.

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