On The ISLAND

My favorite tree this summer
My favorite tree this summer

All summer we have heard and seen the owls hunting – both parents and one juvenile (previously known as the owlet Happy Feet).  It is always too dark to photograph them at dusk and dawn when they are actively hunting. The parents  still provide prey to the youngster. This we have deducted from their behavior as we watch and listen.

Kayak on The ISLAND
Kayak on The ISLAND

A few weeks ago, Vanessa and I kayaked at high tide (for access) over to the The ISLAND and walked around with our cameras  during the day when the owls are roosting. There is heavy undergrowth on The ISLAND and the pine trees are very tall. We spotted the juvenile owl from our kayaks on the approach to The ISLAND by way of a narrow creeklet that surrounds the high ground. Yes, the same creeklet that was the scene of several owlet rescues from near drowning. See earlier posts.

Vanessa shoots Dale
Vanessa shoots Dale

We observed the young owl in the same tree that I have seen it in while kayaking sans camera. It seems to be its favorite spot. In the feature photo at the top of this post you can see why sometimes they are hard to spot, especially at low light. Both parents and their teenager hang out on The ISLAND most of the day.

aug 21 juvenile looking to escape
I am done posing for the paparazzi

Happy Feet is almost all  grown up with adult feathers and distinguishing ‘ear’ feathers. But it still relies on Mom & Dad for food. Just like a teenager! BTW I asked HF whatever happened to MiniMe and he had no comment. There is always a parent in close proximity. They are very difficult to spot from distance or from the ground looking up into the tall pines. We think this is Dad.

I am watching you
I am watching you

Almost every morning, if I am up early enough with the binoculars trained on the t-top of our boat, I can see and hear the young adult calling for its breakfast. And then a parent flies in and delivers a small rodent or bird. It is too far away to get a clear photo. Attempts to get closer result in a fly away. I guess it is about time I invested in a tripod and learned how to use the wireless remote! And buy a bigger lens!

On the t-top eating breakfast
On the t-top eating breakfast
Sep 8 Owl on roof 2
Moved to roof
Flying away
Flying away

Please note that our t-top still has two layers of recycled bill board tarp that Scott and I made to protect our canvas from owl talons and beaks. So attractive!

And this is the view as I turn back to the house. Dawn breaking.

September dawn
September dawn
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