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This past weekend Sherry Pundt started our winter rounds to near by hot spots. We covered the Wilcox area including, The Playa, Whitewater Draw and Kansas Settlement. A full day of safariing. This is one of the beauties we came across at the Whitewater Draw. Total serene feeling to stare up into her eyes and just be close to her. We respected her space as good photographers should, said our thank yous and left her be.


Elfrida, AZ
Canon Powershot SX10IS
Non-captive

Great Horned Owl

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

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Great Horned Owl will eat birds ranging in size from kinglets to Great Blue Herons and regularly eat other owls.
  • The reintroduction of Peregrine Falcons has been hampered in some areas by owls killing both adult and nestling falcons.
  • In frigid areas, where larger prey cannot be eaten quickly, they may let uneaten food freeze and then thaw it out later using their own body heat.
  • A group of owls has many collective nouns, including a “bazaar”, “glaring”, “parliament”, “stooping”, and “wisdom” of owls.

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Comments

  • Bill McMullen
    Bill McMullenalmost 4 years ago

    She is indeed a beauty. Well done, Kimberly!

  • Thank you very much Bill!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 4 years ago

    Such a beautiful bird, gorgeous eyes,

  • I agree, so amazing to watch her! Thank you Ann!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • wayne51
    wayne51almost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Kimberly, a beautiful bird. Wayne

  • I thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyalmost 4 years ago

    He’s giving you a dirty look Kimberly, rofl!!! Great shot of this beautiful bird! ;o)

  • I was well aware of her feelings…lol, I made sure to keep my distance as well as appreciate her for what she could do to me if she wanted….lol, thank you Krys!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Rstrick2
    Rstrick2almost 4 years ago

    excellent capture! Owls are gorgeous.

  • Thank you Robert!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Thank you Russell!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful as well as an incredible Image of this fantastic creature…..Laura

  • Not a fan of human structures in my shots, but it was amazing and felt like sharing, thank you Laura!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 4 years ago

    Nice detail Kim…inst fave for sure!!!!

  • Thank you so much Larry!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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