I went and spied on the Great Horned Owl on the 10th. Here is the first pictures I took of it.
Then I went back to check on it on the 24th. When I first arrived at the barn I saw the mother fly out. I was kind of leery of going in the barn with her out of there because she could make a surprise attack on me if I had my back to the opening of the barn. However, she sat on a fence post about 100 yards away watching me. I zoomed my lens in then zoomed in the picture on the back of my camera and sure enough she was watching me, but didn’t come back to the barn.
I would take a few pictures then run out of the barn to check to see where the mama was. I’d basically duck waddle because I was afraid she’d come flying in the barn and attack me for being close to her baby.
I started getting braver and would get close to the fledgling. I climbed up on the bales and the first time I got close it started chomping its beak which I thought meant it was calling it’s mother so I ran/duck waddled out of the barn and the mother was still on her perch. So the next time I got up there I got a little closer and it fluffed up.
It was not pleased with me coming close. I was about 8 feet from it.
Once I was dong bothering the fledgling I drove out to where the mother was perched and realized there was two grown owls there. I had read that both the male and female great horned owls help raise the young, but this was the first time me or my in laws had seen two.
I’m thinking the next time I go visit I won’t be able to get as close since it looks like it’s flying feathers are almost in. Could you imagine photographer gets taken out by a baby owl. Then it would be that story we all read and think why was that idiot even bothering the wild animal in the first place!