Great Horned Owl

While I have had distant views of the Great Horned Owl juveniles at Reifel, there have been no real photo opportunities for me. That changed late this afternoon.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

At the end of the day as I was starting to make my way back,

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

… this Great Horned Owl juvenile showed up at the northeast corner of the east dyke trail.

Great Horned Owl

This afternoon’s walk took me to Deas Island Park. The highlight of the day were two Great Horned Owl juveniles.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

While they were some distance away,

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

… and the light a little challenging, it was still fun watching them. As you can see they were also curious and watching me. They were still pretty downy and probably have not been away from the nest long. One of the adults was atop a nearby tree.

Great Horned Owl

On arriving at Reifel this afternoon to help out on the trails I learned one of the Great Horned Owls was present in the sanctuary again. Knowing this to be a favourite of visitors I headed in that general direction. There was just one short detour along the way to the Ewen Slough blind in the northeast corner.

Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper

A Spotted Sandpiper had been seen earlier and was still present. Here it is intently watching a fly buzzing around in front of it. After a few minutes enjoying the sandpiper I made my way to the north dyke trail and located the Great Horned Owl roosting in the deciduous trees between there and the inside grassy trail.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

I set up the camera for the visitors allowing them a close up view. Needless to say it was quite the hit.

After a while I did take a break for a walk. The only things cooperating,

Dowitcher
Dowitcher

… were some Dowitchers by the tower. I eventually made my way back to the Great Horned Owl,

… finishing the afternoon there. Even had a little time for this video.