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Barn Owl owlet puts on a show

Such a ham. While its siblings remained hidden in the next within the tree cavity, this little one seemed to revel in the attention myself and a half dozen other photographers gave him a few weeks ago. Three times he scampered out of the nest, and then back in, climbing around and putting on a display each time.

It was undoubtedly a bit cramped down in the home so this particular time it chose to stretch its wings above its head. It also spent some time flapping its wings, giving them a test, a sure sign it was getting ready to fledge. Indeed, just a few short days later, these cool guys were out of the nest and starting their new life on their own.

Like most owls, they are nocturnal and during the day they usually hang out in tree cavities, dense stands of trees and of course barns and other spots well out of sight. These medium-sized owls can be found across most of the globe, including the contiguous United States.

A Barn Owl owlet stretches its wings while standing over its nest cavity at Barr Lake State Park in Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Barn Owl owlet stretches its wings while standing over its nest cavity at Barr Lake State Park in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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