In need of some fresh air and exercise at the end of the work day, I biked along the river for a short distance before heading downtown to pick up the kids at daycare. A well known Great Horned Owl nest location east of downtown Calgary (no more details here for obvious reasons!) turned up one juvenile and an adult. I didn't have a still camera but was able to capture some video which I've included below, along with one picture taken with the video camera. Definitely a nice midweek treat - the second Great Horned nest I've seen in less than a week and a new NMT bird for me.
|Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus|
For those of you (I hope all of you!) who share my concerns about disturbing nesting birds I should point out that all of this video was shot while standing on a high use bike path and within 100 yards of a major highway. The adaptability of birds to urban environments can be pretty remarkable!
(click through on the video for larger image)