We had arrived at the Tundra RV Campsite in Tok, Alaska after our visit to Dawson City, YT in “Snowflake” over the “Top of the World Highway”. We had heard very mixed and dour descriptions of the Highway, which is why we decided to leave “Tigger” in Chicken, AK and make the journey in Snowflake – but that is for another blog post.
We loved this campsite for many reasons, perhaps the most important was that we were camped between tall pine trees, the screen between sites. We had a very adequate pull-through and did not have to disconnect the trailer. We could also wash our car and coach (for the immense fee of $15) and we had full hook-ups with 50amp service.
Having enjoyed out barbecued steak and salad and watched a great film, Louise then decided to investigate the curious “Screech” birdcall that we had been hearing. Louise came rushing back whispering that there were two owls in the same tree.
So I assembled my gear and we went “stalking”. The two owls had moved but turned out to be juvenile Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus) and were undoubtedly siblings.
The first video shows the elder owlet on the tip of a thin snag trying to keep its balance while the other owlet was in the next tree (off screen) bouncing around. During the fight for balance on the snag, the owlet breaks off the twig from the top of the snag and clearly does not know what to make of it.
The second video shows the elder owlet in a small birch tree and the second one comes to join in the fun.
The third and fourth videos show them interacting together, side by side, on the branch and then finally departing one at a time.
I hope you enjoy and find them as cute as we do.
Gear: Nikon D4s, Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII, Nikkor TC-14 EII, Lexar Digital Film, RRS Tripod & Gimbal Head, Spotter – Louise