When we went to the owls yesterday evening, we were lucky to witness how Mama Owl feeds her children. She suddenly flew over to the nest and came back carrying something with her feet - food for the owlets. She quickly started feeding the young ones.
While we were watching, we heard some people saying how gross this was. I really don't know what their problem was - this isn't gross, this is nature - a mom feeding her kids. Yes, they eat other animals. They need meat for their survival. This is not gross. It's called survival.
However, if you think you cannot see how an owl is feeding a hawk to her owlets, please stop reading here.
Mama Owl brought something for her babies to eat of which we first saw only the feet and weren't quite sure what it was. We guess it was a young hawk.
She started feeding owlet #1 by pulling parts from the dead animal and giving it to the baby bit by bit.
Can you see how she is putting the food into the owlet's mouth?
After she was done feeding owlet #1 she flew over where owlet #2 was sitting, patiently waiting, and started feeding it.
It was fascinating to watch and learn more about owl behavior. After their dinner they didn't do much except for perching on their branches. The evening before, the owlets showed us that they can already fly very short distances - from one tree to another. They won't be around for very much longer I think.
Kaefer was happy drawing the owls in her sketchbook.