Two years ago, Dyeyo found a Great Horned Owl nest at the Circle B Bar Reserve. He showed me his pictures, and I went with him the next weekend to see the babies, but they had already fledged. Ever since then, I’ve been itching to have “my turn” with Great Horned owlets. Today my turn finally came at Fort De Soto, where there is a Great Horned Owl nest in an oak tree at the North Beach parking lot.
Baby was not particularly cooperative – he spent most of his time facing away from the photographers! Occasionally he would look our way as he preened. Then he settled down to sleep. This was my best shot from the morning. He’s so ugly that he’s cute!