The going is tough through the black spruce bog as I photograph a family of hawk owls on the move.
Mother owl has five owlets nearby and I am not welcome. She is very quick and very aggressive and I must be stay sharp to avoid being blind-sided. Once while my guard was down she struck me in the face.
Nearly two weeks out of the nest, this owlet can fly short distances. The hungry owlets must compete for the food deliveries. Being the loudest and most conspicuous is rewarded with food. This competition gradually leads them far from their nest.
The male does the bulk of the hunting even after the owlets have fledged. He feeds his young a red-backed vole.