Posts Tagged: nest

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
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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

Screech Owl Success Secret Revealed

Many photographers have asked me how I have had so much luck in finding and photographing Screech Owls for the last few seasons. Besides locating the actual nest, here is part of the secret. With the help of my friend, Mark, we have spent some time placing the natural nest boxes made from Florida native sabal palms around the area at the end of last year. We have had a lot of success having screech owls nesting the nest box. If you are a photographer and a bird lover, instead of buying the plywood box, why not considered having one of these in your backyard, it will also allow you to get some great photos. Below is what Mark says:


“I offer the perfect nest box for use in the photography of Screech Owls, American Kestrels and other small cavity breeders. These nest boxes are made from Florida native sabal palms. They are aged and carved out by hand. This tough palm log nest box will last for years with proper care and will give you photographs of the birds in there preferred cavities and not in a plywood box. The end results show in Troy Lim’s recent photographs of Screech Owls. Proven boxes tested over time with many successful nests. I am offering these hand carved logs at $75.00 each as there are hours of work in producing just one. They are easy to attach to trees or poles with copper wire. Let me know if you are interested.”

If you are interested is buying one of these, you can contact Mark directly at 941.465.9046 or email him at markrunnals@gmail.com

 

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