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24Jan/160

Male Great Horned Owl and New Brancher

Today, I was able to get a photo of the male keeping an eye on the now branching owlet. This is the first time I've seen the little guy out of the nest and it seems to be doing well. It's been raining a lot, much more than usual, and very cold the last few days. I think this has been stressful both for the adults and the chick, but everyone seems to be weathering it fine.  There don't appear to be any adverse effects from the chick's fall from the nest.

Notice the distinctive markings on the male: he has what appears to be a white collar on his neck and some different looking feathers on his chest. This makes it easy to distinguish him from the female which is a bit smaller and is missing the white collar.

Dad Keeping an Eye on the Owlet

First Venture Out of the Nest

First Venture Out of the Nest

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