Posts Tagged: eastern screech owl

Fledglings

Fledgling #1
~This shot illustrates the similar fledging process that I have witnessed in the past few seasons. The baby owlet would back itself out of the cavity then proceeded to climb up to the high point. It then waited for the adults’s guidance, took off and landed on the oak tree behind the nest.
All 4 babies have fledged successfully as of 4/17/16
1Dx, 100-400mmII, 1/160, f/20, ISO3200, HH.
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Fledgling #2
~Owlet #2 climbed up and joined one of the adults. It was full of curiosity. The adult took off into the oak tree. Shortly after, another baby peeked out of the cavity, I was lucky enough to capture both of them together with nice eye contact. Shortly after, the owlet #2 took off and flew towards the oak tree while another one was stretching out and looking back.
All 4 babies have fledged successfully as of 4/17/16
1Dx, 100-400mmII, 1/160, f/20, ISO3200, HH.
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Fledgling #4
~Owlet #3 fledged some time in the early part of the morning while I was sleeping. Shortly after sunset, the adult was calling for the last baby, landed on top of the nest encouraging the as baby to come out of the cavity. When it finally did, the adult returned with a prey trying to feed the baby but it was already on the top of the nest looking towards the oak tree. Seconds after the adult left, the baby took off towards the oak tree.
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Whoo is next?

Shortly after the first one has left, it climbed a little higher.  It stayed there for a while before taking off to join its sibling.

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1Dx | 200-400L | 1/200 | f/8 | ISO2000 | Better Beamer

Eastern Screech Owl – Gray Morph

This was my first gray morph Eastern Screech Owl pair that I photographed early this year.  It was also the first nest that I got to witness the entire fledging process.  Adult flew in and posed next to the nest on this branch and was staring at the photographers.  One by one, the baby left the nest and flew into the palm tree to join the parents.  It was an amazing experience to have witnessed the entire process.

Here is an adult looking back at the photographers.

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Adult landed on the side of the nest trying to encourage the owlets to take the first step.

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Frontal pose

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1Dx | 200-400L | 1/160 | f/10 | ISO10000 | Better Beamer

Whoo Is Ready To Fly?

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This was one of the Eastern Screech Owl nests that I photographed this season.  Unfortunately, I only was able to visit this site twice this year.  On the second day, shortly after I started photographing this owlet, it climbed up to the top of the heart shape cavity.  It was standing there for a little bit and was paying attention to my right.  Shortly after, it took off and flew away to the nearby oak tree.  Next year, I will make sure to spend more time at the nest.

1Dx | 200-400L | 1/200 | f/8 | ISO2000 | Better Beamer

 

New Website

I have always wanted to learn more about WordPress but never took the time to learn and study the concept.  Go Daddy was offering the hosting of the WP site for $1/month so I signed up and forced myself to start learning more about it.  I must say, putting together a site like mine is really simple.  Therefore, I have decided to move away from SmugMug and started my own site.  I will be adding new work to my galleries.  This will also get me to write a quick blog about each image.

To celebrate to launch of the new site, here is one of my favorite screech owl shots from this year.  I spent majority of my time capturing images of Screech Owls from several nests.  It was totally worth it.

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“I discovered a nesting pair of screech owls in an area a friend dubbed Fern Lake. The nest was in a grand oak and the limbs were covered with resurrection ferns which were really green from the wet winter we had been having. I set up a blind and monitored the nest over a period of weeks. I was fortunate enough to be there just as the baby owls started to emerge and land on the fern laden oak limbs. This little owl notice my movement and was peeking over the fern to see what was going on. 1Dx, 200-400L @ 300mm, 1/160, f/6.3, ISO3200, filled flash, manual, on tripod in the hide. Wild, Not Captive, Not Called, Not Baited”