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Great Horned Owl ~ Captive by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken during the Raptor Free Flight Demonstration at Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

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


  • 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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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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  • Clive
    Cliveover 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured action shot Kimberly, great work xx

  • Thank you Clive, lucky capture really! With my P&S it is a challenge to capture these sometimes!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous action shot with nice detail, Kimberly, hope you ducked, as it flew right at you…inst fave BTW!!!

  • lol, I didn’t have to duck Larry. There was a branch in front of me that he landed on, so no harm..Thank you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Terence Russell
    Terence Russellover 4 years ago


  • Thank you very much Terence!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    FABULOUS capture,

  • Thank you again Ann, your support puts a smile in my heart!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Wonderful motion shot, Kimberly.

  • Thank you so much Sheila!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 4 years ago

    there’s an old friend ! Great shot k !

  • Knew you would recognize her, thank you Judy!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 4 years ago

    Once again you’ve showed the sense of movement while keepting the details on the important face area! Bravo, Kimberly!

  • Well they lightening CAN strike twice in the same place, thank you so much Krys!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 4 years ago

    Great action shot my friend.Well done…Hugs…Tom

  • Thank you Tome, your support is appreciated!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 4 years ago

    Wow! Go Kimberly, what a fabulous caption of a great action omage

  • They say that even a blind pig can find an acorn……lol, this is mine! Thank you Laura!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • wildfiremare
    wildfiremareover 4 years ago

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