Bobble Head Baby Bubo watercolor

Watercolor of baby and momma great horned owl
Mom and Baby Bubo

First, I am sorry I have been away for soooooo long. I just finished an overwhelming semester at school of 5 classes and by the grace of God, I passed chemistry (which almost did me in, btw). Secondly, and unrelated, can you pray for my Mom, she is sick with Covid and I’m very concerned. Much appreciated.

Today’s post is the epitome of spring. New birth. A fuzzy ball of cuteness is this baby great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) with its mother, who lovingly preens it. My very talented cousin and photographer, Jackie Novak, took the video below of the couple. This was filmed in Indiana about 2 weeks ago. As you can see, the baby bobbles its head at the 1:32 mark. What it’s doing is trying to listen to something. This behavior is called triangulation. Great horned owls look as if they have great big ears on the top of their head, however, those are just feathers in an effort to make them look larger. Their ears are small holes asymmetrically located to the side and a little lower than the eyes. When owls move their heads in a triangular pattern, they are honing in on where the sound is coming from. Imagine that their head is a great big satellite dish and they’re locking into the orientation of sound.

Jackie Novak’s video of baby and momma
close-up of baby and momma great horned owls
Puffy Baby Close-up

Don’t they just melt your heart?!?

Have a wonderful day my nature and art friends! ❀
Glad to be back.


  1. I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Of course you are worried about her. Is she at home or in hospital? I wish you both all the best. I am delighted to get a post from you. I always love to see what you are painting.
    Stay safe.

    1. Thank you so much, Ava! I so appreciate it. My mom is at home. She’s in the very beginning stages. Thanks for your kind words 😊

  2. Thank you for sharing the story of two mothers. Thoughts and prayers for you and yours, and very different thoughts and prayers for the little bobble head and his mum. Hats off to you for powering through chemistry!!

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