Great horned owls are usually one of the first nesting birds here in the north. They are non-migratory so they stay on territory all year round. In January the courting begins, even though it is often between a pair that has previously mated. Once a nesting site is chosen the female lays her eggs and incubates them for 4 to 5 weeks. During this time the male's job is to bring home the bacon. After the eggs hatch the female continues to stay on the nest to keep the chicks warm until they are old enough to thermal regulate. Then both parents need to hunt to keep the hungry chicks fed. Great horns eat almost anything that they can catch. Typically where I live they eat a lot of rabbit. This pair of owls has nested in a public park here in the Twin Cities for many years, although this is the first time in this box. They are very popular with photographers and as you can see from the photo above they were quite bored with their fame and stardom. At this time of year the parents are preparing to evict the youngster soon so that they can get back to the business of producing a new clutch of chicks for me to photograph next year.
very different, lovely pictures
Fantastic birds, don't you think, i love them, your photograps are beautiful
Thank you for participating, have a nice day
Interesting info! Didn't know they ate animals as large as a rabbit! Great captures:)
I love that first image. The Owlets are so cute. Thanks for the info regarding this species, very interesting.
when I think of owls, it's always this one
Love that shot with the babies. A fascinating bird.
Beautiful photos! Having just finished Wesley the Owl about a barn owl, I'm fascinated to learn the many differences in the great horned and the barn!
Oh I love these, reminds me of the ones I shared this past Spring, just beautiful!
Love the picture with the babies...
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