Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl and fledglings

Nesting confirmed! The Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls found at Aquiares recently by Milena and John Beer and by Larry Waddell are now confirmed to have 2 almost fully fledged young. These are fed by the female, who in turn is delivered food by the male. On this basis the following male was individually identified after feeding his mate:

Male Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl; photo by John Beer

The female feeds and cares for the chicks and is distinguished from the larger of the 2 fledglings by the much clearer streaking on the crown and the generally lighter brown colour of the head, as below:

Female Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl looks out from the nest; photo by John Beer

The adult female’s crown streaks are seen to greater advantage in this next shot:

Female Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl; photo by John Beer

Both fledglings are seen here below, one clearly much bigger than the other:

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl fledglings; photo by John Beer

The next shot shows the larger fledgling, who is now expecting a food delivery:

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl fledgling; photo by John Beer

John’s next two shots show the female bringing a lizard to the nest:

Female clings to the entrance hole as she brings a small green lizard to the fledglings; photo by John Beer
Female, still clutching the lizard, has now entered the nest; photo by John Beer
The Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl fledglings awaiting a further meal; photo by John Beer

All this considerable activity takes place without the birds seeming disturbed in any way by either the silent filming or by the occasional passers-by on the nearby footpath. Such nonchalant behaviour mirrors what we had earlier observed at a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl nest at Peralta next to a heavily trafficked road – see my earlier post for further excellent photographs taken by John of Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls.

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