This family of Barred Owls living at White Rock Lake has already been well documented here: Barred Owls — Troubadours Of The Trees. But I had to get out and see them for myself.
I took these pictures in the early evening of April 18, 2013. The owls had just emerged from their daytime roosts and were calling to each other vociferously. A crowd of interested people had already gathered under the branches by the time I arrived.
The newly branching fledgling was the first owl I saw. He was very interested in what was going on the bike trail below him. He watched us with what appeared to be great curiosity. At one point he started doing a odd and comical-looking circular head bob, as if he were trying to engage some of the human onlookers.
Mom and Dad were keeping an eye on the young owlet from nearby branches. Both parents seemed unconcerned by the attention the family was getting. The wildlife at White Rock Lake has grown accustomed to the presence of constant human activity.
The latest information I have on the owls suggests that they are now spending the majority of their time hidden away in the woods around Dixon Branch. They are more likely to be heard than seen these days, but by all indications the owlet is well on his way!