Infant Great Horned Owl

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Ed Medlin, Apr 24, 2005.

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    Ed Medlin Guest

    Thought I might share some photos of a baby (6 week old) Great Horned Owl
    found on the forest floor just across the road from my home. I didn't do any
    editing, just downsizing. The eyes are penetrating. It is now at the
    Dickinson Park Zoo in Springfield, MO. They were glad to take it in. I bet
    it's parents are huge. The wingspan of the youth is almost 4ft.

    Ed
     
    Ed Medlin, Apr 24, 2005
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    Hannah Guest

    It's a pity we can only imagine how good the photos are.
    H.
     
    Hannah, Apr 24, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    And where are these images? Post a link, 'cause this is a "no binaries"
    group.

    I've seena great horned owl once around here. Big. Sat in tree
    motionless for about 20 minutes, then leapt off the limb and glided over
    a field at about 5 to 10 feet for a good way before beating wings and
    flying away.

    Cheers,
    Alan
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    Alan Browne, Apr 24, 2005
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    Jer Guest


    What's wrong with him/her?
     
    Jer, Apr 24, 2005
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    Ed Medlin, Apr 25, 2005
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    http://www.pbase.com/edmedlin/infant_great_horned_owl Is the link to the
    pics. The aviary folks said that the mother probably was trying to coax the
    chick into flying and it didn't.......... It's flight feathers were not
    completely developed. There were no injuries at all to the bird. It was
    totally healthy.


    Ed
     
    Ed Medlin, Apr 25, 2005
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    Alan Browne, Apr 25, 2005
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    No injuries at all. He is fine and is already in the aviary at the zoo.
    Horned owls are very aggressive and he would have loved to take a chunk out
    of our bodies if he had a chance. They are keeping him separated from the
    permanent raptors on display with the hope of possibly reintroducing him
    back into the wild. It may be a long shot, but it would be nice. We have a
    rather large population of various owls here, so they may just keep him
    there IMO.

    Ed
     
    Ed Medlin, Apr 28, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I hope he makes it into the wild. These aren't a rare spieces, and
    there are more than enough in zoos/aviaries already.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Apr 28, 2005
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