Blondy feeding on an elm tree by the irrigation ditch.
Above is a 48-second video of Blondy feeding on an elm tree. The video is a little shaky because it is handheld at sunset, and Blondy was backlit. I had to push the exposure two stops to get detail in Blondy. The video gives you an idea of how slow and deliberate porcupines are. Blondy is in some ways like a monkey and other ways like a sloth.
63 thoughts on “Blondy & The Owls”
That is the first time I have seen a porcupine eating.
The owls look great, being out from behind branches.
Thanks, Susan. The porcupine really remind me of sloths. The owls moved over to the trunk of the tree which gave me a clear shot of them.
Blondy appears to have a good appetite.
Have a great evening.
She was enjoying her dinner. Thanks, Drew.
I saw Daddy-O today on my walk. It was very quiet along the ditch this afternoon, which was surprising (except for the restless cranes flying around and around).
Quiet happens now and then. Thanks, Susan.
So happy to see the owls. I am watching the video now 🤗
My pleasure. Hugs to everyone 🌸
The kitties send you purrs and kitty kisses.
Thank you. Purrs from Maya and Mr. Churchill 🥰
Love it. Give them both a rub and a hug for me.
Great video Timothy. Thank you for sharing 🤗
You are welcome. Thanks for watching. Porcs are interesting.
The sloth/monkey combo description is a great fit. I have never seen a porcupine in a tree, only on the ground. Good portraits of Mama Owl and Daddy Owl.
Thanks, Maj & Sher. I see them in trees a lot, and on the ground. They can move quite quickly when they want to,
I was thinking Blondie seemed rather sloth-like!
And being sloth-like, she may not be like the deadly sin, but certainly like a dangerous one. Thanks, Dale.
I would not take her slow movements for granted. She decides to puff up those prickles and…. yowza
I had one charge me once. I was trying to stop it from chewing on our rose bushes. I have dealt with raccoons and I was used to the raccoons always running away from me, and the porcupine I used to encounter at 2:00 am when irrigating, also ran away. But not that one porcupine chewing on the rose bushes.
Holy moly! That would be rather unsettling!
Fortunately I was faster than the porcupine.
Possibly best to watch a porcupine eating from a distance. Lovely beast though.
They are pretty shy on the ground. Thanks, Couriers.
Good morning Timothy, with your very special impressions you are adding pleasure to my day! How long have you been observing your owls and how old can they get? Many thanks and a good also to you😀
Hi Martina. We have been watching this pair raise owlets since 2017. They showed up in the trees around our property in 2016. Great Horned owls have an average lifespan in the wild of 13 to 15 years, but they can live into their 20s.
:):) Thank you very much, Timothy, for your interesting answer. 🙂
How nice to see the video of the porcupine. The pictures of the owl are once again great Timothy.
Enjoy the weekend.
Amazing pics. I just love how the WOWL sits through everything about it.
The wowls are stoic and undisturbed. Thanks, Shey.
I am glad to hear this.
Ooooo Hoooo…. I love that video with Blondie feeding and all the sounds of passers by!!!!
Wise Owls just watch!
Happy weekend, Tim!
Thanks, Marina. I’m happy you got to see Blondy having dinner with the dogs, cranes, geese and other noises in the background.
I really enjoyed it and it looked as if Blondy didn’t mind any of the chatter at all! 😉
Porcupine are rather unbothered until you try to make them stop eating your roses. The watch out.
Check out the last photo in this post from 2012: https://wp.me/p1yQyy-zl
My-o-my, that’s Hera! I love how you say that Avid adopted Tristan and David! Exactly how it goes! 😉
Most often animals choose us.
Yes, they do!
Thank you because I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a porcupine in the wild.
You are welcome, Frank. Thanks for stopping by. Porcupine can make hide themselves very well.
Awesome photos, the porcupine is super cute too. 🙂
I enjoyed seeing Blondy and the owls, Tim. I can see what you mean about they are reminiscent of both monkeys and sloths.
Thanks, Lavinia. The porcupines are cute in the own spiny ways.
Very exciting to see a porcupine in such detail. I would have had no idea what it was. Mama owl looks knitted in one of the shots. She’s keeping a close eye on you.
The neutral palette of these shots is in sharp contrast to these wildly fascinating creatures. I’m guessing there’s a kind of peaceful coexistence between those feathered predators and any porcupettes that may appear. 🙂
It seems that most everything but dogs leave the porcupines alone. There must be something in the domestication of dogs that they lost the natural senses about leaving porcupine alone. Thanks, Mary Jo.
at first glance I did think it was a monkey. thank you for bringing such a delightful creature to my attention.. I applaud your patience and skills. waves from far away!
Thanks, China Dream.
That is way cool video, Tim! I had no idea they climb trees!
Thanks, Tiffany. They spend most of their time in trees.
Blondy is a very pretty porcupine!
The owls look not amused by Blondy. Did they see her?
Bondy was where the owls could see her. Blondy is not food, so I don’t think they care one way or the other. Thanks, Resa.
Wow look at that owl camouflage! Handsome couple. Mr Porcupine is rather slow in his actions isn’t he? Sure won’t suffer from indigestion
I never thought about a porcupine having indigestion other than when we sprayed the roses with killer hot ghost peppers to keep the porcupines from eating them. Thanks, Julie.