Hey, It’s the Weekend!

Congrats to those who made it through another one.  The bird is actually yawning again.  But we can pretend that is his party face?

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“It’s Friday!”
Technical details: Canon EOS 7D camera, EF500mm f/4.5L USM lens, ISO 640,  f/6.3, 1/160 sec

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“Further on I find a bloody spot, encircled by the arc of owl’s wings. To this rabbit the thaw brought freedom from want, but also a reckless abandonment of fear. The owl has reminded him that thoughts of spring are no substitute for caution.”

-Aldo Leopold-

A Sand County Almanac

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The Halcyon Days

It’s surprising how often these guys take to yawning.  The poor things spend the first couple months or so stuck in the nest, so what else do they have to do?  I’m sure this time for them lasts forever, just like those endless days of summer youth do for us.  Do they reminisce as they move on through the years of those days spent packed in a tube with their siblings?

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“The Great Yawn”
Technical details: Canon EOS 7D camera, EF500mm f/4.5L USM lens, ISO 800,  f/5.6, 1/100 sec

A New Day

This one was taken near first light the morning after our near 24 hour long snow event a few weeks back.  Mom seemed to have stayed the night in the nest, presumably helping to keep the chicks warm and out of the snow.  The family seemed pretty miserable, but all three chicks made it through.  In this one, mom is in behind two of the chicks that are visible.

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“End of a Miserable Night”
Technical details: Canon EOS 7D camera, EF500mm f/4.5L USM lens, ISO 400,  f/7.1, 1/200 sec

 

 

 

Mondays are for the Birds – Great-horned Owl Nest

This image was taken of a GHOW nest this year that was located in a park not too far from my house.  The owlets have recently left the nest, but will be dependent on mom until near the end of this summer.  This pair of “Cat-Owls” have used this cavity in this snag for their nest site for at least the past three years.  I will be sharing more images taken from the nest over the next week or so.

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“Three Owlets”
Technical details: Canon EOS 7D camera, EF500mm f/4.5L USM lens, ISO 640,  f/6.3, 1/160 sec