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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!

Wildlife, wild places, wild light… mountains, the ocean, the sky… ahhhhhhhl. Breathe deeply as you look into these images.

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  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 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 Ridgwayover 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 McElroyover 5 years ago

    Beautiful image – I’m lovin it.

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

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeover 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
    redladyartover 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
    rodeoroseover 5 years ago


  • Thanks for stopping by, rr!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 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 Watsonover 5 years ago

    Wow, awesome capture.

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

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbieover 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
    niki78over 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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