March 7, 2013

Twice the Fun

SDP 3-7-13
We're returning to Punta Gorda for some more owl action.  Earlier this week we saw the two adult great horned owls.  Now it's the wee ones' turn.   Yep, two babies.  Aren't they adorable?!  Gosh, I'm so happy I actually captured a shot of them looking at the camera.  Before this, they had fun playing games with me.  Whichever way I pointed the camera, they would face the opposite direction. So, I walked (in high heeled boots, no less...don't ask, it's just how it worked out) all the way around the cordoned nest area to the other side.  By the time I arrived (it's a long walk -- maybe 75-100 yards) they swiveled the other way.  This occurred one too many times.  Finally, I caught up with the SDP Junior Editor who regaled me with one story after another about the fabulously entertaining show the two little ones had put on.  They bobbed...they danced....they wobbled...they flapped their wings...and overall were extraordinarily cute.  And, I had missed it all trundling back and forth.  I decided to give them just two more minutes to cooperate for the camera --- and **presto!** --- they suddenly popped up from the bottom of the nest facing toward me and bounced their little fuzzy heads up and down and back and forth like fuzzy bobblehead dolls.  So cute!  One is flying a little bit -- up to a branch and back. I suspect these two won't be in the nest much longer.  I'm thrilled I got to see them when I did.  I'll probably try to visit them again....but, who knows if they'll still be there?

On yesterday's post several people inquired if I'm going to 'Les Miserables'.  Unfortunately, it's not in my plans.  I heard, though, opening night was terrific and the cast has incredible voices.  

17 comments:

cieldequimper said...

This is better than les Misérables!!

LOLfromPasa said...

Worth the wait! Love this photo!

We are: clamco said...

Award winning! Thank you for waiting those 2 more minutes!

RamblingRound said...

It takes a real trooper to get these magnificent photos!

SFlaGuy said...

You have so much more patience than I do. Great capture.

Ali Crehan said...

They are adorable!! Glad they finally cooperated for you. :)

LONDONLULU said...

LOL at ciel's comment! I agree:) Your patience paid off, they were just testing us humans (as usual).

Kay said...

Wow! Cute barely covers it! So glad your persistence paid off. These are great shots of really beautiful little birds - still fluffy, but getting those grown up owl feathers. AND looking at the camera! Perfect!

Lowell said...

You are very fortunate to capture these things in any way, shape or form! Gadzooks, they're cute. But I'm not sure I'm gonna easily rid my mind of the image of you trotting around the tree over and over and over in high-heeled boots!

You've got stamina and are filled with persistence! Or something like that! :)

Birdman said...

What is it about owls? They fascinate me too.

Velva said...

I love it that you were able to capture these young owls. very, very cool. Glad the pair finally cooperated.

Velva

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Mega cool SRQ, you are a birder extraordinaire! I looove the baby owls, the parents also. So special.

Laloofah said...

What a fantastic photo! I too am fascinated by owls. There was a large family of them living in the cemetery near our last house, but I'd only ever see them at dusk when it was too dark to get a photo. I finally lucked out (persistence and patience are definitely required for most wildlife photography, aren't they?) and got these. (My photos are not nearly as good as yours, but I thought you might enjoy them anyway, especially lthe "bob and weave" video). Your little buddies were definitely sizing you up!

Jack said...

Pretty darned nice, SRQ. Patience is rewarded again.

Jack said...

BTW, 37 visitors from Romania and 15 from Bulgaria.

Kate said...

You are both patient and tenacious!! You won!!

Kate said...

You are both patient and tenacious!! You won!!