Tag Archives: Owlet

Barred Owlet Camoflaged

It would be easy to walk right underneath this Barred Owl Owlet without even knowing he was there. I probably have more than a few times!

Barred Owl Owlet
Barred Owl Owlet, Toenails showing

The adult that was with him for his Eating Lesson had flown off to sit over the pond, leaving the little fellow on his own.

Barred Owl Owlet
Barred Owl Owlet

He was somewhat covered by the pine boughs and his coloration seen from a predator above would blend in with his surroundings. When I was leaving I saw the other parent a few trees away keeping his eye on the area.

Barred Owl Owlet
Barred Owl Owlet

Barred Owl Owlet Eating Lesson

It turns out that the Barred Owls I’ve been watching have a chick. The first time I spotted him he was getting a feeding lesson from one of his parents. The adult demonstrated then passed the item, which I could not identify, to the owlet.

Barred Owl Owlet Learning to Eat
Barred Owl Owlet Learning to Eat

They were very high off the ground and many branches prevented a good view. These owls are very accustomed to people passing by. With hundreds of acres available to nest they chose a spot near a popular walking path through Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Barred Owl Owlet Learning to Eat
Barred Owl Owlet Learning to Eat

Barred Owl Owlet

A Barred Owl pair with two fledged owlets has been seen regularly from the boardwalk at Beidler Forest. We spotted just this one youngster taking short flights in the limbs above us.

Barred Owl Owlet
Barred Owl Owlet

The owlet was curious about the humans passing on the boardwalk below him, not bothered by our presence. A school group of about twenty-five kids and chaperones had just passed and a few of their stragglers stopped with us to watch the chick.

Barred Owl Owlet
Barred Owl Owlet staring down

Spectacled Owl Chicks

The Center for Birds of Prey has an active breeding program. The chicks they raise are used in educational programs here and also are swapped to other similar facilities around the US.

These cuties were not on the schedule for our Photography Day, but conditions were good for these two Spectacled Owl chicks to come out and strut their stuff.

Spectacled Owl Chick
Spectacled Owl Chick

Well, mostly they  just sat; they could walk and did a little wing flapping. I neglected to note how old they are, somewhere in the few week range.

Spectacled Owl Chick
Spectacled Owl Chick

Cuteness times two:

Spectacled Owl Chick
Spectacled Owl Chick

The Center for Birds of Prey offers photographers an opportunity to take close-up photographs of owls and other birds of prey a few times a year.

The Center for Birds of Prey, Photography Day, April 22, 2018,  Awanda, SC.