Nikon D4 + 600mm
F5.0, 1/200, ISO 500
What goes up, most of the time comes down, and that’s exactly what happened to this Barred owlet. This fledgling barred lost its footing from a higher vantage point, and after dropping from the original perch, managed to extend a leg while descending and cling to a thin and non-compliant branch. After going from upright to completely upside down, the cycle of flapping in attempts to become upright again, and then resting while hanging upside down, continued through several cycles. After giving a rather discontented look, the owlet drooped its wings, looked down at the forest floor and dropped. The descent was about 15-20 feet and the dismount was effectively cushioned by wing beats, and the forest floor. The owlet scornfully glanced the scene, and promptly set off in the direction of it's mother and siblings where it once again made its way towards the treetops.