Powerful Owl chick debut to the outside world

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dna1972
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Powerful Owl chick debut to the outside world

This is one of the owlets from my nest in the lower Blue Mountains. I have now spent over 60 hours observing the adult pair since the beginning of May and I have no words to describe the elation and privilege to see the result of their dedication and hard work. Still not 100% if there is a second owlet, as if there is, he/she has not yet popped out. It will be interesting to keep observing the development of the young once they are fledged.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6FMJ8RGwS8

dwatsonbb
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Wonderful thanks for your time and efforts and especially for sharing this magic moment.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

Annie W
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WOW!  Thanks so much DNA.  You must still be on a buzz after capturing such beautiful footage.

If you don't mind me asking, how do you compensate for lighting when filming (or in particular for me, photography) with nocturnal birds?  The reason I ask is that these birds are so beautifully & clearly relaxed and seemingly unaware of your presence, just acting naturally.  I'm always hesitant to use flash, or other forms of lighting at night for fear of disrupting or stressing wildlife.  I would rather miss out on a photo op than cause distress so I suppose I'm asking, is there an unobtrusive and ethical way for the ordinary (me laugh) person to undertake night-time photography?

NW Tasmania

dna1972
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Hi Ruby

I sent you a private message with my reply.

Needless to say, the birds' welfare is most important and is the first consideration at all times!

Annie W
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Absolutely, and most appreciated, thankyou.  Will check your PM shortly.

NW Tasmania

windshear
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Wonderful! :)

At about 1:35 the parent comes in and it looks like "What are you doing son?" 
 

"N... nothin..."

"Okay, well get out of the way, I'm coming in!"

Thanks so very much for sharing. 

aussiedavid
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Nice footage Ákos your dedication has been well rewarded. david

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