Two Great Horned Owlets were spotted yesterday afternoon at a fabulous park that is close to the housing development where I live in Marion County, Florida. These were the first baby owls I have seen in the wild. The two babies were up in a stick nest high in a Pine Tree next to the little ornamental Koi Pond.
I also noted a hungry Common Cormorant and several basking small turtles. I did not see any Great Blue Herons and I am thinking that these owls are in an abandoned heron nest (I recall seeing herons in that same tree last Spring). I took these pictures on March 19, 2015 late on an overcast afternoon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
These Great Blue Herons are likely the same ones that I have photographed before at this park near my home. Perhaps they were even the gangly juveniles in the multiple nests in the huge old Pine Tree. I took these pictures at our local park in Marion County, Florida on Monday, February 24, 2014 at about 4:45PM.
The nest is near the top of a very large Pine Tree. On Monday, I first spotted the herons standing in a large pine across the pond area from the rookery. Almost immediately, one of the pair of herons flew off across the park to a different area, and the other heron flew up to the nest in the nearby rookery tree.
Storms throughout the year took several of this tree’s large branches down with two of the nests attached. Great Blue Herons often have a duplicate nest in a different tree as a second home, so perhaps other herons are building elsewhere in or near the park. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!