It’s the season for baby birds

The Great Horned Owls are coming along at the History Park and I discovered a Sandhill Crane nest in a gas station retention pond.  Here you can see the baby owls.

Great Horned Owls
The Sandhills haven’t hatched yet so there is always one parent on the nest while the other forages. If you are lucky, you can see the change. One returns and walks around in the reeds for a bit and then goes and stands by the nest. The one on the nest gets up and starts walking around while the new arrival tidies up a bit before sitting on the eggs again. It’s not in a position where I can actually see the eggs but, I’m sure we will see the young when they hatch and as they develop.

Changing of the guard   Portrait

Having them there also gave me a shot at a nice portrait of one of the adults.

In the same pond, we have several Common Moorhens.  I’m pretty sure they have also nested in the reeds but haven’t seen the nest yet.

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We also have Anhinga feeding in the pond but I believe they are nesting elsewhere.


Things will be getting busier soon as the young are born and become active.



About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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2 Responses to It’s the season for baby birds

  1. dinajohnston says:

    Love those baby owls! So cute. I always love this time of year with the bird babies. Can’t wait to see your baby crane pictures.

  2. chatou11 says:

    Too early over here to see nests. These babies are so cute. What beautiful birds, thanks for sharing. Hope to see new babies soon!

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