Burrowing owls undergo quite the learning curve as they grow up. When they first emerge out of the confines of their burrow you can see them look around afraid but full of wonder. Everything is new to them. Usually, with encouragement of their siblings, they overcome their fears and venture out freely, all the while quite obedient to the warning calls of the parents to dodge into the burrow for safety. It’s so much fun to watch these guys as owlets play and learn new things … watching insects or planes go by, learning to find "toys" to play with, beg for food from their parents, the list goes on and on. Mostly fun to watch is when they learn about their wings and test them in flight. First it’s a flutter in the air, then a running jump with a momentary flight, then eventually up to the ropes or nearby perch. No matter what they’re doing it’s always entertaining for the observer and seems to be such fun for them. In this image, the young owlet has mastered the art of flying to the perch and joining mom or dad. So cute. One day, just with our own children, after they’ve learned the skills they will need to survive, they go off on their own. Such is life. 🙂
Hope everyone is having a great Sunday so far.
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