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Great Horned Owl ~ 6 months old by Kimberly Chadwick
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Taken during the Raptor Free Flight Demonstration at Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
Tucson, Arizona
Canon Powershot SX10IS

This 6 month old was on her 2nd week out on the demonstration. Very vocal and very active. She did well I will say!

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

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome!!! What an amazing capture Kimberly!! Congratulations on a fabulous shot!! Instant fave for sure!!

  • Thank you so much Blair! I appreciate that my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • gdbeeler
    gdbeeleralmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic!

  • Thank you Gary!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Normf
    Normfalmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot!

  • Thank you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome capture Kimberly…What a wingspan…inst fave for sure!!!

  • Thank you so much my dear friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • DonnaMoore
    DonnaMoorealmost 4 years ago

    Wow! This is a great shot…Just beautiful.

  • Thank you Donna very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzalmost 4 years ago

    boy…what timing

  • I agree, thank you George!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 4 years ago

    Kimberly, this is simply Fantastic, what a great wild life capture…laura

  • Thank you Laura so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 4 years ago

    She is a beauty, great capture Kimberly!!

  • Thank you very much Marvin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • RichImage
    RichImagealmost 4 years ago

    nice work Kimberly…. great capture…

  • Thank you Rich!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantalmost 4 years ago

    AWESOME!!!! U captured her beautifully ! what else is new in the raptor flights this year ?

  • Wonderful things. This new baby, a prairie falcon and the grey hawk. Wonderful raptors Judy! Thank you my dear!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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