Young owls: Who could resist?

Owls are such unusual birds with their big eyes that draw us in and calls at night that make us smile. Despite the warm-fuzzies most associate with owls, they are  effective predators – raptors, plain and simple.

I came to know this first-hand some years ago, while hiking a remote northern Georgian Bay island. I came across a Great Horned Owl mid-day on the rocky beach. I don’t typically associate owls with daylight. They are nocturnal hunters by and large.

And yet, there it was, a knee-high bird standing on the sunny shoreline at mid-day. It had a large, mature seagull in its beak. The gull was so large that the owl was weighed down. It could fly only a few dozen yards before having to land again. It slowly hop-scotched down the shoreline and finally made a concerted effort to fly up into the trees.

This pair looks about as innocent as any owl could. But I suspect they will be terrors when they grow up – in that charming and unusual way that is so characteristic of owls.

If you enjoy owls, you might want to check out The Owls Fan Page  on Facebook.

About Howard Meyerson

After more than 30 years in the outdoor writing business, you would think I'd know better.
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