I've been meaning to post this series of pics featuring the barred owl family since I took them a few weeks ago at Myakka River State Park. Mama owl was sitting on the ground and appeared to be in hunting mode staring and staring at the ground.
She squished her cute little face against the pavement and picked up whatever it was. Perhaps a small snake? A gecko? A beetle?
Mama immediately flew to a branch and fed the mystery meal to one of the little ones. Whatever it was, it was small. And, from the looks of it, the baby owl wasn't too satisfied with the tidbit. As I mentioned, these pics were taken a few weeks ago. Since then, I've returned to the nest area several times, but it appears both babies have fledged and disappeared. (There was an unsubstantiated rumor that one of the babies was sick and died. But, based on my observations, both little ones were healthy…and I think both left the nest.) I'm so happy I got to see the owls when I did. What a treat!