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Great Horned Owlet (Bubo virginianus) - Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado

 A fledgling great horned owlet is alert with curiosity, watching everything going on around it. This owl is almost ready to leave the nest, and you can see the anticipation in its movements. I observed the two owlets in their nest for hours. These rambunctious birds would have me holding my breath as they awkwardly jumped from limb to limb flapping their wings helplessly when they would lose their balance 30 feet above the ground. These activities are all in preporation for their first flight. In the coming days this brave bird will set out on its own and discover a much larger world than it had known up until now.