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Great Horned Owl Cliff Nest
These two Great Horned Owl babies are getting bigger but aren’t ready to fly the nest yet. Their nest is in a hole in a cliff not far from my house, but dangerously, the cliff is right next to a busy road. There had been three babies, but as is often the way in these nests, not all babies survive. This photo was taken fairly early in the morning, and soon these owlets will get some sleep, since Great Horned Owls are nocturnal. I stayed a few times to watch mom fly in with dinner (the previous night was a rabbit), but it is late when she flies in and almost pitch dark.
From Cornell’s website: “With its long, earlike tufts, intimidating yellow-eyed stare, and deep hooting voice, the Great Horned Owl is the quintessential owl of storybooks. This powerful predator can take down birds and mammals even larger than itself, but it also dines on daintier fare such as tiny scorpions, mice, and frogs. It’s one of the most common owls in North America, equally at home in deserts, wetlands, forests, grasslands, backyards, cities, and almost any other semi-open habitat between the Arctic and the tropics.”
Photo taken in Louisville, Colorado, on March 28th, 2019