Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Great Horned Owl

Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

For this week's wild bird I am sharing the Great Horned Owl and owlet.. Recently I was able to find the adult Great Horned Owl and an owlet in a local Maryland park. I must say while birding I always stay on the trail and never get too close to any bird..My camera has good zoom, sometimes I do wish some tree branches would disappear..



I do not think I would have seen the adult Great Horned Owl but it was being harassed by some crows..


A cute owlet, I wish the branches were not in the way..It still has that fuzzy look.


Again with the branches in the way, Momma or Poppa was looking around at the some the nearby birders..


Another shot of the owlet, there were two baby owls but we only found the one.



These owls were seen right off a busy and popular bike & walking trail near a residential neighborhood..I hope you enjoyed my owl post.. these pic's are the best I could do..

I hope you enjoyed my wild bird post. Till next week's wild bird post.
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  Happy Birding and have a wonderful week!

89 comments:

✿ chica said...

Belas fotos,Eileen! Sempre me encanto ao chegar aqui! bjs, tudo de bom,chica

Nancy Chan said...

Eileen, your eyes are so sharp! I think I would not be able to differentiate the owl from the branches, the color is almost the same. The branches tend to get in the way but thank you, they are beautiful photos!

Noushka said...

Ah, tree branches!!!
Don't tell me!! They can be such a pain but they are part of the game!!
how wonderful to be able to spot these owls, hassling corvids will definitively be of great for us to localize them, poor things!
Great and interesting post Eileen!
Keep well, enjoy your week :)

Sue said...

Nice capture, Eileen. They certainly do blend in well.
I have trouble getting my camera to focus on certain things. I'm not very good with photography--I have to let the camera make all the decisions, but sometimes "he" and I are thinking different shots-ha ha.
Have a wonderful week

Gayle said...

Ah, the ubiquitous tree branches. I think the birds 'know'.
Love the owls.

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for the trouble to take all those delightful photos of this interesting owl and its baby.
Thank you for your visit to my blog. My friend died a few years after this party. That was last year when she became 91. She was not very happy as she couldn't walk and move around. Her world had become so small.
Have a happy week, Eileen!
Wil, ABCW Team.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
this owl is really hidden in the tree. Wonderful photos of this shy bird.
Best regards, Synnöve

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a wonderful sighting, the baby is so cute!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Yes I enjoyed. Nature gives us such beauties.

Gail said...

Simply majestic!

Mersad said...

I simply love owls. These photos are superb.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

TexWisGirl said...

just awesome sightings! love it!

Sandra said...

he is a beauty and that fuzzy baby is to. i have only seen one Great Horned Owl in the wild and that was at Washington state park, where you visited

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of the owls Eileen.
Always cute to see.
I wish you a nice new week.
Best regards, Irma

Debbie said...

omgoodness, what a great eye you have, he - she is so well camouflaged. and babies too, what an exciting sighting!!!

Linda Kay said...

Hoot, hoot! Great shots of this amazing bird, Eileen.

Mary Hone said...

I love owls, what fun you got a glimpse of the baby.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Eileen,
That's nice that you have seen these owls.
Great to see that young one. Wonderful.

Many greetings,
Marco

Montanagirl said...

Awesome!!

Pat said...

Great captures,Eileen. I have never photographed an owl.

Karen S. said...

Incredible how they blend so well, and can be such still and lovely creatures. Your shots are beautiful. What a spot to live and hunt from! Especially that last photo, surely tracking something there!

Birgitta said...

Wow! Great photos! Wishing you a beautiful day!

Phil Slade said...

Those tree branches often get in the way Eileen. But I always tell myself that the picture looks authentic and natural with branches and I'm always suspicious of bird pictures which have no natural look or feel about them. Anyway, your pictures are fine and full marks for not disturbing the owls in any way.

Marie C said...

I have been thrilled with several blogs who have shared owlettes! What a joy it must be to see a successful nest and enjoy these fuzzy cuties! I always want to see an adult owl, but never do! I think your photos are just wonderful!

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Very nice photos, good catches, wonderful Great Horned Owl!

Gwen said...

He's well hidden, but you got him anyhow! Great job!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Lovely critters.

Of course the crows hassle them, but then the mockingbirds hassle the crows, on and on.
~

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful birds! The owlet is so cute.

Silver Parrot said...

I can't even count the number of photos I've taken where I've had to say "well, that would have been a cool shot except for the stupid tree/branch/leaf in the way!" I think your photos are amazing - parent and baby owl in the wild? So cool!

What Karen Sees said...

Just found your blog and am enjoying it. As others have said, it is amazing how they are camouflaged in the trees. You've captured some great shots.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Great Horned Owl and owlet. Don't think that the branches get in the way, it is natural Eileen.

Adam Jones said...

That is an awesome looking owl. Just brilliant.

Linda W. said...

The owlet is adorable! What a great find!

Our photos said...

Very nice !

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!
Oh,i hate tree branches!
Can't take a good bird shot!
Such a lovely owl!Great captures!
Have a lovely week!
Dimi...

Les Fous du Cap said...

Very nice photos ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Mama Zen said...

I know just what you mean about tree branches, Eileen! Even so, I think these are marvelous.

Margaret Adamson said...

Beautiful bird and shots.

Christian Weiß said...

Wonderful birds and photos.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Stupendous pictures of the Great Horned Owl and that cute baby. I think that the baby has just a bit before it goes off on its own. You were lucky to spot both owls. Have a great Wednesday tomorrow!

Brian King said...

Congratulations! Awesome shots! I have yet to photograph an owl.

Missy George said...

What a great find..I've only seen the little Owls whose name escapes me now..Maybe just a Barn Owl?? Great shots..Enjoy your week Eileen..

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The owls and owlets are beyond wonderful. And I think it's great that you pointed out the importance of staying on the path and not harassing the birds. A good zoom helps a lot, your pics are so good. I do know what you mean about the branches tho.

DeniseinVA said...

I know what you mean about wishing branches would disappear but oh my goodness Eileen, your photos of the owl are great. I would love seeing one of these in the wild.

Happyone said...

He blends in the tree very well. Great capture.

Lois said...

I did enjoy your owl post! I have owls living in the woods behind my house, but I only hear them at night. I never get to see them.

Michelle said...

I love seeing owls. I like the pics!

Sue (this n that) said...

Hi Eileen... those are fabulous shots. With the owl being nestled amongst the branches, it seems right. Yes, it's tricky trying to take photos but you did real good, and it's a real treat to see.
Cheers and enjoy your week :D)

The Yum List said...

They look so fluffy when they're young.

Mary Cromer said...

Great post Eileen. For me I think bird photography greatest challenge, is tree branches, but I like getting them in trees better than on wires. My personal problem is my Nikon makes a clicking noise when the shutter strikes and so birds are always on high alert.

Gail Dixon said...

Those dadgum tree limbs are my nemesis! lol Despite that, these are great shots. I have only seen the Great-horned Owl in Oregon, but I know we have them here. I just need to keep looking!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Eileen, WOW what great shots and sightings. You captured them well. Just beautiful.
Have a nice evening.
xo

Rose said...

How lucky for you the crows were there to point it out! And so blessed to get to see it.

Kalantikan said...

Hi Eileen, i have been commenting in your other blog 3x already. My two accounts are both not allowed to comment there. I realized it says there that only team members are allowed to comment. Was that intentionally set?

Lynne said...

Well I will take the tree branches just to see your wonderful sightings . . .
So cool . . .

Chandra Eswaran said...

You are so lucky to get these nice shots, Eileen.
There is a couple of owls that hang around in the backwoods, but they are so stealthy.
I only see them when they fly away :)
Have a Beautiful Day!!
Peace :)

Susan (ABON) said...

How exciting to see the owlets! I've never had the opportunity to photograph owls but I've always loved them, they are beautiful creatures. Thank you for sharing your experience, Eileen.

Stephanie said...

He is beautiful. I used to see many owls when I lived in Alberta. Only once have I seen a grey owl here on one of the trees out front.

handmade by amalia said...

I've never seen an owl outside Winnie the Pooh! But I already know he is very wise.
Amalia
xo

Caroline Gill said...

I love Owls - and what a superb one, Eileen! I'm sure you wouldn't wish the Crows on the Owl, but nature has its ways and your bonus was in the seeing, I guess! Thank you for your kind comments on my Nightingale post. Wonder if I will ever get to *see* one!

Tom said...

Blends right in! Tom The Backroads Traveller

HOOTIN ANNI said...

....beautiful. They are so silent but watchful of every move you make.

Rhonda Albom said...

Wow, how exciting to see an owl. Good spotting too. He camouflages himself so well in that tree.

Uppal said...

Owls are so different from other birds. For one they are night birds and have that scary and piercing stare.

Red Nomad OZ said...

Before I started birding, I would never have taken notice of birds harassing other creatures - now when I hear it I take a closer look. I've seen koalas, possums and raptors, and sometimes unusual birds the others don't like - most recently a Southern Boobook which there's NO WAY I would have seen without the other birds! It's amazing what they'll tell you! Your owl is awesome!

EG CameraGirl said...

Owls are particularly good at hiding amongst the branches!

Gillian Olson said...

Great pictures of the horned owl and how wonderful to see the owlet, thanks for sharing these with use. Happy birding Eileen.

carolann said...

You sure nailed them just so perfect one of my fav birds the owls.

Darling.

BumbleVee said...

Well, you still got some pretty good photos of them in spite of all the branches .... good for you...

Esther Joy said...

Wow! How neat to get to see the owl babies!

Latane Barton said...

I have never seen an owl in the wild. So, I really enjoyed these pictures. Maybe I am never in the right place at the right time. I'm no night owl... hehe.

Jeevan said...

Excellent shots on the horned owl despite the sticks and branches!

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Halcyon said...

How amazing to see this bird in nature! He's impressive!

jandi said...

Great pictures! And those branches... If only they would disappear...

Rambling Woods said...

How lucky to be able to see a great horned owl, let alone an owlet. So cute and fuzzy and you can see him even with the branches and it looks like Mom and Dad are feeding him well... Thank you for linking in Eileen... Happy Week.. Michelle

thewovenspoke said...

Nice shots and post also, I have yet to be luck enough to see an owl and have my camera with me. Have a great week!

Cranberry Morning said...

Cool! I haven't seen an owl for quite a while, not since a big one flew in front of our car at night... and did not get hit, thankfully. They're beautiful.

Cloudia said...

Oh Eileen! I'm just so lucky to know you!




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Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

I wish we had owls close by...they are such fascinating creatures...

Chris Rohrer said...

Crows and Jays. They are helpful when it comes to locating these secretive birds. But gosh they must be annoying to the owls!

Gattina said...

Wow, what a beautiful owl ! Your were lucky to be able to take these pictures ! I love owls, their eyes remind me of my cat Rosie's eyes ! Round and huge !

Ida said...

Super neat to see the adult and the young owl. Too bad the crows were being so pesky.

pattisjarrett said...

Nice find! Love fuzzy-looking little ones. :)

Stewart M said...

What a great looking bird - when I can't get the branches out of the way, I claim that they are part of the composition!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Jibber JabberUK said...

If it wasn't the ears I think i may have missed the owl in the tree on first looking! What a great disguise.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

WOW!!!! Remarkable Owl shots!!!
And you didn't scare him off!! Guess since the owls are around so many walkers, they aren't afraid!!

NatureFootstep said...

this is a species I have never seen. We have a similar one but I´ve not seen it.

David Gascoigne said...

Any encounter with a Great Horned Owl is pretty special in my book.

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