Blondy & The Owls

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.

Mama Owl

Daddy Owl

Daddy Owl and Mama Owl

63 thoughts on “Blondy & The Owls

  1. That is the first time I have seen a porcupine eating.
    The owls look great, being out from behind branches.
    πŸ™‚

    • 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.

  2. 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).

    • Thanks, Maj & Sher. I see them in trees a lot, and on the ground. They can move quite quickly when they want to,

    • And being sloth-like, she may not be like the deadly sin, but certainly like a dangerous one. Thanks, Dale.

      • 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.

  3. 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 youπŸ˜€

    • 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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. πŸ™‚

    • 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.

  6. 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!

    • 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.

    • 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.

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