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Feb 18, 2017 10:03 |  #1

In Cape Coral Florida there is a Great Horned Owl pair that had 2 babies. The young ones just fledged this week, and are practicing their take offs and landings to nearby pine trees. Mom and Dad fly over first, and hoot at them to encourage them to fly. It's been a great experience to see this.
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3.It was starting to get dark when they got active, so some of the shaded shots are a bit noisy from the higher ISO. This was at ISO 20,000.

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4. This is Dad in mid-hoot. When he hoots, he closes his eyes and puffs up his chest.

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5. The 2 babies together.

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6. One of the babies has a foot fetish.

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Feb 18, 2017 10:06 |  #2

Great series, & I'm envious!


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Feb 18, 2017 13:41 |  #3

PhotosGuy wrote in post #18277442 (external link)
Great series, & I'm envious!

Thank you Sir. So far these guys are the highlight of this winter's Florida trip.


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Feb 18, 2017 14:47 |  #4

Cape Coral is a hike for us.... about 5 hours give or take. I'll make it there one day.

Great series. Owls are amazing. I got a shot of a Barred Owl in our backyard..... and I was hooked. It's cost me a fair amount of money, but bird photography gives me so much pleasure.


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Feb 18, 2017 14:54 |  #5

Beautiful series, Ian. Will be glad when I can get out with my cameras again. Glad you had a good trip down here this season.


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Feb 18, 2017 15:53 |  #6

Phoenixkh wrote in post #18277690 (external link)
Cape Coral is a hike for us.... about 5 hours give or take. I'll make it there one day.

Great series. Owls are amazing. I got a shot of a Barred Owl in our backyard..... and I was hooked. It's cost me a fair amount of money, but bird photography gives me so much pleasure.

Thanks very much Kim. Yea, bird and wildlife photography is expensive for the gear you need but you're right, it's so rewarding in so many ways.

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Beautiful series, Ian. Will be glad when I can get out with my cameras again. Glad you had a good trip down here this season.

Hi Betty and thanks very much. I didn't realize you were laid up, good luck to you and I hope you get back out soon. The trip has been great so far, seeing some special sights and absolutely perfect weather.


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Feb 18, 2017 23:22 |  #7

Great series, Ian. I enjoy it a lot. Thanks for sharing.


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Feb 19, 2017 06:01 |  #8

That is just fantastic, would love to see something like that.




  
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Feb 19, 2017 07:15 |  #9

ldn323 wrote in post #18278034 (external link)
Great series, Ian. I enjoy it a lot. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks very much Linh, they keep one coming back for more, to get whatever one can before they move away from the neighbourhood. Nice to hear from you!

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That is just fantastic, would love to see something like that.

Thanks, definitely a scene you won't see many times in your life, if ever.


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Feb 19, 2017 08:03 |  #10

That is one species that is fairly common and widespread, but one that is seldom seen. Well done, Ian, to get all those great shots.


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Feb 19, 2017 14:32 |  #11

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That is one species that is fairly common and widespread, but one that is seldom seen. Well done, Ian, to get all those great shots.

Hi Al, thanks for commenting. This is I think only the second (and third and fourth and fifth) GHO I've ever seen. Up my way you are right they are around but seldom seen, not like Barred Owls which seem much more common.


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Feb 20, 2017 17:38 |  #12

Kinda late to the party, but glad I looked in. Really a great series, Ian. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your trip!


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Kinda late to the party, but glad I looked in. Really a great series, Ian. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your trip!

You're never too late Rog, and always welcome. Thanks for commenting and dropping in.


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Feb 20, 2017 19:00 |  #14

Wonderful set, just love owls in flight shots.


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Feb 21, 2017 14:30 |  #15

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Wonderful set, just love owls in flight shots.

Thanks very much. They weren't real easy, more unpredictable than I expected.


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