Barn owl in nest box
This family of owls were just starting to fledge, with the juveniles making short, exploratory flights around the area. Photos taken at dusk as they were beginning to emerge.
I've been trying to get a picture of these beautiful animals for 7 years. We've heard them and seen them flying but I haven't been able to photograph then until tonight. Please confirm my identification.
Focal Length 300mm
4-5 owls, at least 3 juveniles! Can hear their begging calls. :)
We found a Barn Owl on a nest under a highway bridge over Palo Duro Creek
Barn-owls (family Tytonidae) are one of the two families of owls, the other being the true owls, Strigidae. They are medium to large sized owls with large heads and characteristic heart-shaped faces. They have long, strong legs with powerful talons. They also differ from Strigidae in structural details relating in particular to the sternum and feet.