December 4, 2013

Eastern Screech Owlets

Photograph by Graham McGeorge

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Eastern screech owls like to take over woodpecker nests that have been dug out over the years in pine trees, which are the main species of tree at this swamp. The Fish and Wildlife Service also paints a white ring around the base of a tree that has active nests so they will be avoided when conducting controlled burns. Screech owls can range in height anywhere from eight to ten inches, so you have to have a sharp eye to find these little birds of prey.

I spent the first few weeks of April this year photographing the gray morph screech owl that was living in the nest and had no idea there were three owlets inside.

(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest.)


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76 comments
Graham McGeorge
Graham McGeorge

Thank you everyone for all your wonderful comments. I was a true pleasure and great experience to be able to shoot these owlets last year. Thanks again, Graham McGeorge

Charles Spencer
Charles Spencer

Graham, did you have a photo of the parent owl selected back in early June '13?  I have one I downloaded from NG credited to you, and the bark and outline of the nest seem to match.  If so, can we assume they were taken as part of the same session?


Great stuff.

sara Tohidi
sara Tohidi

They are like three little kids bored at home in a cold winter day, they are not allowed to get out. I have special interest in owls but this picture was different, bravo.

Leyla R.
Leyla R.

They look awesome... this is their house... awesome capture

SANDRA CHAPMAN
SANDRA CHAPMAN

I love the sharpness of the detail in the tree. Lovely pic.

Shannon T
Shannon T

That is too cute. I love it.

Jairo Dávila
Jairo Dávila

Su forma de mirar y su atención fue por los griegos que personificaron a Atenea ,diosa de la sabiduría,

MARTHA B.
MARTHA B.

Lost for words! THIS MAKES MY EYES FEEL GOOD!Real good!

Cristina C.
Cristina C.

This is a great picture as it shows the owls curious about what is happening outside the trunk. The expressions in their eyes are amazing. Congratulations!

Susan S.
Susan S.

Very beautiful capture with outstanding clarity...Love it! Congratulations on your well deserved Photo of the day!

Graham McGeorge
Graham McGeorge

Thank you very much everyone for all your wonderful comments. It is a true honor to have my image selected for photo of the day. I thank you all.

S. Gonzalez-Delpozo
S. Gonzalez-Delpozo

I love birds of prey, especially when they're young and manageable. These 3 guys look like they're expecting a treat from the photographer.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Apparently the owlets are as curious about us as we are them.           Wonderful, delightful photograph.       Amazing how nature camouflages it's own.

Mark Freerks
Mark Freerks

I love the way the patterns of the owl feathers and the tree bark blend.

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