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“A pellet, in ornithology, is the mass of undigested parts of a bird’s food that some bird species occasionally regurgitate. The contents of a bird’s pellet depend on its diet, but can include the exoskeletons of insects, indigestible plant matter, bones, fur, feathers, bills, claws, and teeth. In falconry, the pellet is called a casting.”

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More Great Horned Owl stories

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Great Horned Owl chicks will go up to the parent’s and peck at their mouth’s trying to get food. The parent owls will run from them until the two parents mate. The pics are of a Great Horned Owl chick going after the female parent demanding food. The parent owl’s will ignore the chicks until the daily mating ritual is done. The Great Horned Owl chicks are demanding when it comes to food because approximately in a month, the chicks may be on their own. So they need and want the energy.

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Photographing Great Horned Owls mating

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When your out there, in the field, photographing wildlife, there is one act that wildlife photographers go crazy over, and that one act is the mating.
Catching wildlife mating is hard, you must have patience, you must keep one eye on the whole forest while the other eye is looking through the camera lense, you must listen, and you must be prepared every second leading up to the mating. You have to know when their going to mate and you have to know how they mate.
Great Horned Owls mate even after the chicks have been born. They mate daily.
The mating ritual is very cool. The female parent owl perches on a branch that is out in the open, then hoots, and the male will be several trees away, and he hoots back. They hoot about 3-4 times, then in comes the male. The male will approach the female in two stages. The male owl will fly from the tree he was hooting from to another tree, and after a few seconds the male flies up to the female and mounts her. It happens in about 3 seconds. And then the mating is over for the day.
Great Horned Owls Mating

Great Horned Owl chicks and parent.

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Great Horned Owls. Female parent and two babies/juveniles. I’ve never seen any photos of Great Horned Owls this close before. They may actually be one of a kind’s. They were checking me out today.

Surrounded by Coyotes

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Imagine this; your photographing birds high in the tree’s, suddenly you hear sirens, then suddenly howls, and yelps, and you look around and suddenly realize your also surrounded by Coyotes. They were running circles around me tonight. Never felt scared even though they tried to scare me. So if you click the link you can hear the sounds.

Notes from the field: Great Horned Owls

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A Great Horned Owl from Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA.

A Great Horned Owl from Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA.

Female Great Horned Owl.
Every evening between 4:30pm and 5:30pm the male and female Great Horned Owls will rendezvous in a tree near the nest. Before they rendezvous they communicate. The male does not seem to be allowed near the nest when their are babies in it. And right now their are two baby Great Horned Owls in Golden Gate Park. The good news, is, that the Owl nest is not near an area that can be accessible to those who fear the trees and the forest. Or not accessible to tourists and looky-lou’s, so maybe they will get to be truly wild. Their nest is also in the top part of the tree canopy. Not in the lower part of the tree canopy. However they are fair game for the Ravens.

More aerial photos of Golden Gate Park

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Aerial shot North Lake Golden Gate Park

Aerial shot North Lake Golden Gate Park

Aerial shot North Lake Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park Golf Course

Beach Chalet Soccer field under construction

Went flying today. I had people watching me this time. And of course I had to educate them all. A bit of wind today. A lot of down drafts. I’d go higher and the wind would knock it down a few feet. One of the pics is an aerial shot of North Lake in Golden Gate Park. One pic is of a gold course. And the other pic is the shot of the Beach Chalet Soccer field.
Had a quandary today. I wanted to go up in other areas, but the birds get curious. So I decided to not fly around the Hummingbird’s and the Ravens.

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