Great Horned Owl

There was a decent crowd at Reifel when I arrived to help out on the trails this afternoon. There weather was a mixed bag with sun, clouds and some light rain. Some highlights from the morning walk were Rough-legged Hawk, American Bittern, Belted Kingfisher and Varied Thrush. There was also a Great Horned Owl at the northeast corner again. As owls are always a favourite for visitors I headed there first. The owl was in a better spot for viewing today than last week.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

I ended up spending the entire afternoon with the camera set up on the Great Horned Owl utilizing the live view feature so people could get a good close look. Needless to say this owl was a hit with everyone who came by.

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.