Owl Be Seeing You

Owl Be Seeing You

Not far from where I launch my kayak, there’s a tree that has a large nest, about 50 feet up. I’d never seen an eagle there, and for the longest time I wondered what would be nesting there.

(Clicking on each photo will open a tab with a larger view.)

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In January 2016, I caught a shot of a large bird flying past the nest.

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Then in March 2017, I took a photo that shows the very top of the head of a great horned owl, from the eye up.

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I watch that nest every time I paddle that stretch, and yesterday I saw what looked like a large mound of dry grass. It’s necessary to be a good 100 feet from the tree to get a good perspective, which puts me at least 112 feet away from the nest, so I took some photos and checked them when I got home. It wasn’t dry grass. It was the owl, and visible in the photo are some chicks. On the next clear day, I’ll go back and take some photos from different angles.

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Meanwhile, I also saw a Baltimore Oriole. I wanted to be sure to get video of it, so there are no snapshots, but here’s a screenshot from the video.

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Ken G.

16 thoughts on “Owl Be Seeing You

    • It’s such an obscured view at that angle, and taking the time to magnify on the camera screen afterwards while in the kayak and watching other things isn’t always practical. I waited until I could see it on my laptop, but I was pretty sure I had something.

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  1. Birds! My daughter said she heard an owl out back the other night. I know they live in the park, but I haven’t seen one yet. And what a wonderful view of the oriole against the green. (K)

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    • The oriole wouldn’t stay still long enough earlier in the paddle, when it was flying from branch to branch, so it surprised me when it took it’s time among the rocks. It was pecking at loose fabric caught on a discarded strand of barbed wire, probably for nesting material.

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    • Thank you, Robbie. I return visit yesterday and a slightly better angle shows them to be re-tailed hawks. I’ll post some photos later. The photo from last year definitely is a great horned owl.

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