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I wouldn't normally post pictures of the same bird twice, but last night we went out to look at the baby owl.  It was sitting higher in the nest so we could see it slightly better.  As we were watching, mom flew in and landed on the roof of the house next to the tree to monitor our behavior.  We left so she would be comfortable returning to the nest.

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I wasn't able to ID the Catfish until I got home and looked at the pic on a big screen.  I didn't stick around long enough, but I'm pretty certain the Great Blue Heron gave up on the catch.  I watched most of the action from when it snatched the fish out of the water, until four minutes later when it dropped the fish on the ground and was facing the other way.  The GHB was able to flip the fish vertically, but even with that angle it was too wide to fit in its mouth.  Had it not been the end of a long, hot walk, I would have stuck around for the definitive conclusion, but I'm reasonably sure the bird didn't get the meal:

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1 hour ago, IKLland said:

Awesome composition! Probably the coolest/best SOSP shot I’ve ever seen!

The sign in the picture busted the composition IMO, but whatever. I still like the pic. Appreciate your kind words. 

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On 4/2/2022 at 6:33 AM, smskelton said:

I wouldn't normally post pictures of the same bird twice, but last night we went out to look at the baby owl.  It was sitting higher in the nest so we could see it slightly better.  As we were watching, mom flew in and landed on the roof of the house next to the tree to monitor our behavior.  We left so she would be comfortable returning to the nest.  Update:  I talked to my neighbor who knows the history of these owls.  This is the adult male owl.  The pair has eggs in the nest that just hatched.  The male is tending the nest while the female hunts.

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