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Great Horned Owl  by Kimberly Chadwick

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5-30-10 FEATURED in the Zoophoria Group

7-26-10 FEATURED in the Eye Macros Group

Taken at Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
with a Canon Powershot SX10IS

A large powerful owl, resident in all habitats from the tundra edges to deserts and in to tropical America, Great Horned fills the ecological niches occupied during the day by Red-tailed Hawk.

Emerging at dusk, it surveys an open area from a favorite perch for just about any prey including skunks and opossums, snakes and scorpions. Even other owls and birds as large as grouse and American Bittern!. It can take prey weighting up to 3x its own body weight!

In flight this owl recalls buteo hawk, but it has a more compact wing shape and robust body.

VOICE Familiar duet of paired adults consist of low hooting, accelerating at first, then closing with 2 longer hoos. Smaller males

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arizona, tucson, owl, raptor, great horned, bird of prey, nature, wildlife, avian, kimberly chadwick

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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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Comments

  • RichImage
    RichImageabout 4 years ago

    excellent capture Kimberly… such a beautiful bird
    and its got quite a following here on the bubble…

  • I agree, I tend to have stayed away from the G.H. Owl because of that, but I really liked this image and thought what the hey! Thank you Rich as always, I appreciate your visits!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Jason D. Laderoute
    Jason D. Lader...about 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL SHOT
    WoW Well Done!!!

  • Thank you so very much Jason for stopping by. I so appreciate the time you took to do so!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot Kimberly!! I love the detail…how did you get so close? Instant fave!!

  • He is one of the Raptors at Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum. They use him in their raptor free flight program. After going to so many and being a member you learn where the sweet spots are for getting your captures. Thank you Blair for the fave my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardabout 4 years ago

    Now there’s a great shot … gorgeous! And how did you get that close?

  • He is a Raptor at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum. They use him in their Raptor Free Flight program. After going to so many and being a member you learn where the sweet spots are for getting your captures. Thank you Deb so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...about 4 years ago

    Excellent! Terrific portrait, Kimberly!

  • That means a lot Daniel, thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 4 years ago

    Wonderful portrait, well done Kimberly!

  • I do so appreciate your support, thank you so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelabout 4 years ago

    awesome shot

  • Thank you Angel so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Alexa Pereira
    Alexa Pereiraabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful image with superb detail and colours and what an expression too
    Alexa

  • I appreciate you stopping by Alexa, thank you for your kind words!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago

    A beautiful capture – - – love those eyes!!!

  • Thank you Lorilee, I always love seeing you and appreciate your support!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Nancy Richard
    Nancy Richardabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot, Kim! I love birds of prey, and like you, I’m really into “nature”.
    Nancy Richard/RI

  • Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting darlin! I appreciate that. I also thank you for adding me to your watchlist, I hope I don’t disappoint you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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