During my time spent on tumblr perusing photos of cute baby animals, I’ve seen a lot of photosets where a photo of a very cute plush doll was misidentified as a real baby owl. And I happen to think the real thing is fantastically adorably awkward and deserves to be cooed over too. So here is a photoset of actual baby owls for your viewing pleasure.
Watching a live feed from the nest of a Great Grey Owl. (Strix nebulosa, biggest in the world.)
It’s mesmerizing, especially at night. Mom and dad take turns swooping off into the darkness and occasionally both leave the brood, which snuggles up in a fluffy pile. We were concerned about one particularly scrawny looking specimen until we learned that owls lay their eggs several days apart and the owlets grow so fast that they coexist in the nest at vastly different stages of maturation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCx5UmygKRo
is a very large owl, documented as the world’s largest species of owl by length. It is distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. In some areas it is also called Phantom of the North, cinereous owl, spectral owl, Lapland owl, spruce owl, bearded owl, and sooty owl.