Baby owls will evade their predators in many ways, and the most inventive is by making themselves look HUGE, all the while clacking their beaks threateningly! Canon S3-IS, Casper, Wyoming, USA; f6.3, 1/125. Great horned owlet. Views 2739 and Favorites 113 as of 27 June 2012; thank you all!
Featured in (challenge wins below):
- The Addicted Photographer, January 2013
- Only Owls, October 2012
- All Creatures Great & Small, July 2012
- TRW, July 2012
- High Quality Wild Animal Images, July 2012
- Make An Impression, June 2012
- Amateur Photographers’ Association, June 2012
- ♥ Artists Universe ♥, June 2012
- If it Moves, Shoot it!, June 2012
- ANIMAL & WILD BIRD Photography, March 2011
- Baby Wildlife of the World, March 2011
- Paws n Claws, December 2010
- Amazing Wildlife, December 2010
- Wild Nature Photography & Writing, September 2010
- Baby Animals, April 2010
- Top Shelf Wildlife & Nature Art group, December 2009
- Animals in Action, October 2009
- Earth Keepers group, October 2009
- Featured Only group, September 2009
- Eye Contact group, September 2009
- I Love Birds group, August 2009
- High Desert Life group, August 2009
Thank you all so much!

- The Power of Photography, The Eyes Have It, December 2011, thanks to all who participated!
- Nature Photography Challenge, Identified Raptors challenge, April 2010, thanks to all who voted!


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  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusteralmost 5 years ago

    What a cool image, was this baby doing all of that because you were taking it’s picture? Dee

  • I hung out with this baby owl (and is sibling and parents) for a while, and when I got too close to the owlet, it would put up its best defense… which is looking huge!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Donna Ridgway
    Donna Ridgwayalmost 5 years ago

    No matter how scary he tries to look, that’s a cute face. :) What a wonderful photo you have here!

  • Thanks so much, Donna! The little one is adorable even in its “I’m huge” posture!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Ken McElroy
    Ken McElroyalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful image – I’m lovin it.

  • I’m diggin it that you’re lovin it!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgealmost 5 years ago

    Bet the folks at Eye Contact Group would like this..great capture!

  • Just checked to make sure I had included it in that group, Rick, and I did; thanks for mentioning it… it seems like there are a ton of groups that are new to me every week!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • redladyart
    redladyartalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome! I didn’t know owls did this! Great capture. :)

  • Hi Sharon, thanks so much for stopping by… love your “Frog Hunting”!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks for stopping by, rr!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • sfmilner
    sfmilneralmost 5 years ago

    Greetings A.M.; Now thats big ! What is striking to me are those eyes, so round and colorful and surrounded by the contrasting rings of feathers ! Beautifully captured !

  • Thanks so much for stopping in, Steve; it really interesting to me what “catches” someone’s eye about a wildlife photo in particular!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 5 years ago

    Wow, awesome capture.

  • Love that “awesome”, bb! Thanks for stopping by!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbiealmost 5 years ago

    Oh my gosh, it looks like the owl is ready to take flight – love the eye capture!!!

  • Thanks so much, AB!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • niki78
    niki78almost 5 years ago

    Stunning capture well done :)

  • Hi niki, thanks so much! You have some beautiful dogs/pups in your life… lucky you!

    – A.M. Ruttle

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