The majority of baby owls are exceptionally fluffy, with a thick coat of white or grey down. They have heart-shaped heads and black button-like circular eyes. The fluff has a hook-shaped beak protruding from it. In addition, baby owls have a prominent egg tooth, a sharp protrusion from their beak that allows them to pierce the egg as it is hatching. Within a week of hatching, these are gone.

Some newborn owls have an unusual appearance, particularly Barn owls, which have lengthy faces that contrast with their white fluffy bodies.

photo credit: Tony Harman

A CU Boulder alum and sports photographer, Tony Harman is also a pioneer in the video game industry and has had leadership positions in the industry for over 25 years.  Tony was the Director of Development and Acquisitions for Nintendo from 1989 to 1996, where he help Nintendo dominate the video game industry and was in charge of dozens of #1 industry hits, including creating the concept of Donkey Kong Country, which became the number one selling game of all time when it was released. Tony now works out of Boulder and photographs on the side, specializing in sports photography for CU Boulder.