Here at the Point, a Great Horned Owl with nest and babies was reported over near Lake Lilly. On the way, I spotted 2 birders and they led me to the special vantage point to get a glimpse. I came back in late afternoon, when the lighting was better, to take these photos:
I was surprised by the small nest size. Apparently, there had been 2 owlets, but now only one remains. The mother and baby can barely fit in the nest as it is. The owlet is covered in white fluffy down with a dark predominant beak. The mother is stoic and keeps a close watch on us.
Owlets start roaming onto nearby branches after 6-7 weeks even though they still are covered in down. They are called "branchers" at this stage, but can't really fly until 9+ weeks.
Here, the owlet tries out his quickly growing wings, teetering precariously on the edge of the nest, but perhaps, almost ready to move beyond the nest.
I stopped by again this morning for a quick peek and the owlet was tucked under the mother, shielded from the chilly wind, with only its tail visible. I guess, it decided to stay close for another day.