The Spotted Wood owl pair that had a baby in 2016 in my neighbourhood park, did it again this year!
MORE photos of the owls on wildsingapore flickr.
The baby owl first emerged in early July, from the Birds' Nest fern where the mother nested. It made several forays before finally, on 7 July at sunset, it made a sprint up the more steeply sloping branch near its nest.
Later on juvenile makes a clumsy attempt to fly out of the tree.
This is what he looked like on 1 Aug evening.
3 Aug: Mama and baby in the park, glimpse of papa?
6 Aug: Mama and baby moved out of the park, no sign of papa.
8 Aug: Mama and baby moved out of the park, still no sign of papa.
27 Aug: Juvenile owl all alone?
31 Aug: Return of father owl?
The diary comes to a sad end as the juvenile owl did not make it. This is the last photo taken of him by Teng Wah before she rushed him to the Jurong Bird Park hospital.
And so this diary ends.
Hopefully, father and mother owl will reunite, and perhaps they can start a new family next year.