National Geographic : 1970 May
Mother owl attacks! J6Zrx var a, lengLh 1/-4 I[ICIes KODALHOMELY FELULHICK KENI IUSLoLW ) N.V.S. 666 After a barred owl family set up house keeping on the ground below an Everglades fire tower, Mr. Truslow put up a blind nearby. Soon the brooding mother seemed to accept him, letting him pat her head and check the eggs. When a rainstorm threatened to drown the two chicks that had hatched (left), the mother even allowed the photog rapher to move them to safety. Danger past, he returned them to the nest. "But the next day, for some reason, she changed completely and swooped at me, raking her claws across my scalp." Hastily covering his head with an aluminum pot kept handy against the chance that the male bird would strike-he suffered a second attack and, knees buckling, went down (above). He fell beneath a bird house hung by the fire warden in a vain hope that the owl family might move in, out of reach of predators.