I didn’t see Daddy Owl when I first went out tonight, and Mama Owl’s ear tufts just barely showed in her nest. I walked over to see the cranes. On the way back from the cranes I could hear Mama Owl hooting from her nest, but there was no answer from Daddy Owl. When I got up to our gate, I heard Daddy Owl answering with different hoots than the normal hoots when he answers Mama Owl. It was getting dark, but I walked down to see what was up with Daddy Owl. He had a gopher. He sat on a large branch and continued his hooting. When the dusk was almost darkness, I saw the silhouette of Mama Owl pop up out of the nest. The Bazooka could not focus on her in the darkness. She flew over to Daddy Owl, he gave her the gopher, and she flew back to her nest. I got a blurry shot right after Daddy Owl gave Mama Owl the gopher.
You can see how much bigger Mama Owl is than Daddy Owl.
Almost half-moon tonight
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Spectacular photos, Tim. Also awesome to see nature playing out, via the owl family.
You’re welcome, Tim.
Beautiful photos and story! What an amazing thing to witness.
Wow! The story, the colors, those feathers! All wonderful.
Mama Wowl looks like the boss lady!. WOnderufl pics. Love all the colors.
You don’t mess with with Mama Wowl. Thanks, Shey.
Oh she looks like the real deal.
Wonderful pictures, Tim. They are such beautiful and enigmatic birds.
The art of creation is at work in your Paradise! Sigh!
The first twoo shorts are realy awesome Timothy
To say that your photos are stunning is an understatement. Beautiful.
WOW, Timothy. You made my day. Love. Love. Love.
Thanks, Gabriela. Daddy owl was in your tree the other night.
Oh, I am so happy. They look wonderful.
I love that you can capture the exchanges between Daddy and Mama owl. Nature at its best! And those skies… always, those skies…
I would like them to do it all a little earlier when there is more light. Picky. Picky. Right? Thanks, Dale.
I know. So inconsiderate of them…
Exactly. And after all I’ve done to bring them to the WWW (World Wide Wowl).
Seriously. You’d think they could appreciate the cheering section you have created!! WWW indeed.
Absolutely delightful owl story, Timothy. I love that you are so familiar with them that you recognized a different hoot, checked it out. Incredible photos too.
Thanks, Jet. When Daddy wasn’t in is normal spot earlier in the evening, I knew something was up.
Daddy Owl fetched Mama Owl a nice take-out meal. She is hard at work incubating their eggs. You are close to all these denizens of the bosque and know their ways, Tim.
The skies down there are beautiful at any time of day, and thanks for the moon update. It was clear and cold last night, 23 degrees at dawn here today. The sky is milking up a bit, but the morning sun is warm, and it is forecast to get into the 50s today.
They are both dedicated and hard working. 30 minutes after I took the moon photos it was overcast and it stayed cloudy all night long as far as I can tell, since the morning temp was 33. It’s still overcast. Thanks, Lavinia.
The owls are fascinating and so enchanting, The trees and sky too! . Such a beautiful place.
You tress was enchanting as always. Thanks, Holly.
Gopher, that’s a pretty good sized meal.
I’m sure Mama enjoyed it immensly. Thanks, David.
wow how special and what a good Daddy owl. Nature sure has it figured out. Amazing the difference in the size of them!
Do you get tired of me saying amazing?? Awesome… incredible… fabulous… and how about marvelous. I loved all the shots and enjoyed the last one with the cranes flying. Bravo!
Never. I’m always running out of wrods for your marvelous, wonderful photography, Also. Thanks, Nancy.
so wonderful Timothy…owls are according to some…emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge…have a good day ~ smiles hedy ☺️
Thanks, Heady. Owls are not the brainist of birds for being thought of as wise. But they are survivors, which may be where their wisdom comes from.
Has Mama always been bigger than Daddy?
Anyway, he’s a good Daddy, bring home the gophers! Uch…
Lady owls are always bigger than the men owls. Often the case with many types of birds. The boys are aften the pretty ones when it comes to are fine feathered friends. Thanks, REsa.
Ahh, like peacocks… and mallards. Interesting. Thank you!
You tree was kissing Dawn this morning. Photo posted tonight.
Daddy Owl could model with that expressive face. Love these photos. That’s an interesting observation about the hoot conversation being different than usual. Do you think this was a romantic conversation? An argument?
I could imagine he’s saying “Hey honey. I have a big fat gopher for you!” Mama Owl: “It’s about time! I’m starving.” Thanks, JYP.
Damn fine first shot of Daddy Owl – let’s all celebrate one less $#@%@$^@ gopher ha!
It’s finally warmed up enough yesterday for water with soaker hoses yesterday. I had to repair a couple of broken hoses I pulled out of gopher mounds. Thanks, Brian.
Stunning photos Tim! Good to hear that Daddy owl is looking after his girl ..