GH Owl Chick Update

After my wildflower workshop this past Saturday morning, I ran over and checked on the little Great Horned Owl chick that I featured a short while back. I’m trying to get over to the nest about every 7-10 days so that I can capture a photo history of the single chick in the nest.

When I arrived Saturday afternoon, only the adult was visible:

Great Horned Owl adult in nest

But a short time later, Junior awoke from his nap and joined mom in checking out the the area:

Great Horned Owl in nest

While I was photographing the pair, there was a loud cracking noise, followed by a crash of a dead tree limb falling, a bit behind where I was photographing from. This caused both mom and chick to abruptly look in my direction, giving me a wonderful opportunity to capture the two, with both looking my direction:

Great Horned Owl in nest

A short time later, mom flew out of the nest and out of sight, while Junior continued to peer over the nest … at least for a while, then he decided to take another nap. that was my cue to pack up and drive back home.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF 500mm, f/4 IS lens, with Canon 1.4x and Canon 2x teleconvertors (totaling 700mm and 1000mm)
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Wimberly gimbal head
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/9
  • Shutter 1/400 sec. to 1/500 sec.
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