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09-MAY-2013 Hank v/d Velde

20130509 214 SERIES - Great Horned Owl.jpg

Ottawa West

Eight images entitled: "SHE DID IT!"
Whilst I was on the other side of the nest tree Big Sister (assumed) finally made the jump to the nearest top branch:hence, I missed the jump. When I got to that side, Big Sister and Little Brother were both staring down at us (Top Photo) as if to say "Did you see that?". Big Sister seemed pretty comfortable up there and in fact started to do various exercises. At times she appeared bored to just sit there and before long she seemed to want to get back to the nest. But, Little Brother, eager to join his sister got in the way and made it difficult for her to return.

A big yawn.

Here she undertakes a leisurely check of her arsenal; namely, her huge talon.

Now a leg and partial wing stretch resulting in a one-footed balancing act.

Another look at and a full-out stretch of those formidable talons.

A full-length wing stretch completes the exercises.

Little Brother, flapping his wings, shows signs of also wanting on to the branch.

Here Little Brother seems to want to back on to the branch. but, big Sister isn't about to make room

For my next GH Owl posting I plan to show several jumps/flights of Big Sister from the nest to the branch and back. She did this quite a few times whilst Little Brother looked on.

Actually, big Sister reportedly fledged from the nest last evening (May 12). We had very high winds that night and I suspect a gust may have pushed her over the edge or off her perch. This morning (May 13) I found her sitting on the ground next to a tree. From here she eventually crawled onto a fallen log under the watchful eye of Mom who was perched high above. Big Sister seemed non the worse for wear . She readily negotiated the 20 meters or so from the base of the tree to her new and higher perch. All this time, Little Brother remained on the nest. To my knowledge he hasn't been seen on the top branches yet. I estimate Big sister to be about 5.5 to 6 weeks old at this time with Little Brother probably being a few days younger.

Nikon D800 ,Nikkor 500mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S II
1/1250s f/4.0 at 500.0mm iso500 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Penny B16-May-2013 00:34
A terrific series of sharp shots. Great story line!
Char14-May-2013 14:23
This is another magnificent series with such interesting information, Hank! Amazing!! \/
jychamberland14-May-2013 13:51
thank for sharing this beautiful serie Hank!
Carol Rollins14-May-2013 13:30
It is so great watching their progress through your lens! Wonderful work, Hank. I can
hardly wait to see more!
Marcia Colelli14-May-2013 13:27
Fantastic series of these two siblings. Nice details and documentation V
Guest 14-May-2013 12:51
What a superb series Hank. Very well donee. V
Stephanie14-May-2013 09:11
Loving this series Hank! Your interpretation of the owlet activities is priceless! :)
Peter Stahl14-May-2013 04:26
Terrific series and well documented. :-))
Bryan Murahashi14-May-2013 04:22
Fantastic captures of the young ones exploring the new world. TFS.
Tom Munson14-May-2013 03:03
Awesome series, Hank! Great work!
Yi Feng14-May-2013 01:22
Beautiful catches, Hank.
Dennis Swayze14-May-2013 00:16
Thanks for the owlet up-date wonderful for you to be able to follow their progress...I'm envious.
Great captures.

Cheers !
Missed Opportunities13-May-2013 23:50
Talk about blending in with the dead tree - - outstanding series of photos
Range View 13-May-2013 23:35
Wonderful series of images showing the progress of these young owls.
Jean Chiasson13-May-2013 23:30
Beautifful series and sharp focus Hank
hayl13-May-2013 23:01
Little brother might think twice about leaving the nest if he's going to get blown to the ground.
Looking forward to the next chapter.
Lise De Serres13-May-2013 22:34
Thanks for sharing this unique experience Hank!!
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