April 12, 2014

Kowabunga!

Baby Barred Owl
From the time I arrived at the nest area, this little one was rambunctious…very inquisitive…and ready to explore.  It seemed much more advanced than its sibling, which led some of us to ponder whether this one is a girl.  Thus, the upcoming usage of the pronoun 'she'.
Barred Owl
While Mom roosted in a nearby tree, one of her two babies cried, bounced, bobbed, flapped its wings, walked up and down branches, and cried some more. Mom didn't seem to care.

Baby Barred Owl
When she paused and crouched with an intense 'I Can Do It' look,  I sensed she was gearing up for an adventure.  Something big.  Really big.  And, then...

Baby Barred Owl
KOWABUNGA! 

She leaped a good distance to another tree, nailing the landing by extending her claws and tucking her wings like she had done it many times before.  (The SDP editorial board had a lively debate as to whether this photo was blog-worthy due to the poor quality; however, the storyline won.)  I thought that was her big adventure…until awhile later she unexpectedly flew to the ground -- just 10 feet or so away from me.  The light was so low I gave up on still photos and opted for video...
After her brief yet exciting adventure seeing life from the ground up, she confidently marched up a tree to a safe location.  During the excitement, I wondered where Mama Owl was lurking.  Surely, she had to be nearby.   Within moments of Baby returning safely to the tree, she swooped in and nuzzled the little one and gave her a quick once over.  Safe and sound.  So precious.  What an adventure!

6 comments:

Nancy J said...

Definitely post worthy, the hopping in the video, I had to laugh. They are truly beautiful in their young state, and equally so as an adult. What a superbly wonderful day for you all. Cheers, Jean.

We are: clamco said...

Wow! You got to witness something most of us will never see! The photos and video are wonderful!

Kathy said...

That really is an adventure. Glad you were able to be a firsthand observer!

Kay said...

What an amazing treat! I love these shots and the video! That flight shot is perfectly fine - it catches the excitement of the moment. Bravo!!
(BTW: there is new fencing that closes off the trail in my post; it runs along the left side of the shot. Nature won this round.)

Jack said...

You nailed it, SRQ! It must have been mega exciting to be there when the baby launched!

Brian King said...

That would be fun to see, photo or not! How cool!