I spent some more time early the other morning observing the owl family again. The juvenile is a lot more confident now and is happy flying off after the female to perch on top of a nearby power line, or chase after and catch small prey items of its own. The male spends most of the time preening or perched on a look out point scanning the surrounds.
Mother and juvenile perched on one of their favourite rocks
Something has caught the attention of the male as he stares off into the distance
Here the female has flown down onto the ground and ingested some moist soil. I wonder if like other birds they obtain necessary minerals by doing this?
A large locust landed on the bonnet of my vehicle. The juvenile quickly flew across from its perch, caught it, then flew back to the rock and proceeded to have a snack. It all happened in a couple of seconds, absolutely amazing. I noticed afterwards that there were wing marks in the dust on the bonnet as it swooped in to make the snatch.
A lovely image of the juvenile in soft morning light