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Great Horned Owl Babies

These two baby Great Horned Owlets were nestled inside their tree nest, watching the world from their perfect vantage point.  Great Horned Owls are nocturnal, so the parents typically only feed their babies during the night, and sleep during the day.  These two babies look as though they’re close to being ready to fledge from the nest.  When they do, their parents will continue bringing food to them, and will teach then how to hunt, etc., until they are larger and stronger and ready to fend for themselves.

From Audubon’s website:  “Found almost throughout North America and much of South America is this big owl. Aggressive and powerful in its hunting (sometimes known by nicknames such as ‘tiger owl’), it takes prey as varied as rabbits, hawks, snakes, and even skunks, and will even attack porcupines, often with fatal results for both prey and predator. Great Horned Owls begin nesting very early in the north, and their deep hoots may be heard rolling across the forest on mid-winter nights.”

Photo taken on April 24, 2017.

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