Great Horned Owl ~ 6mo Juvenile by Kimberly Chadwick
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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

  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyabout 4 years ago

    Kimberly! This is what I’m talking about!…he,he.. Outstanding shot you lucky dog!(gal)lol

  • This was a last minute decision to capture this at this angle. I hope to play around with it more in the future. Thank you so very much my friend!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 4 years ago

    oh wow VERY cool!!!!!!

  • Thank you Lois!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterabout 4 years ago

    Great capture Kimberly, what a beautiful owl!

  • Thank you so much Pam!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardabout 4 years ago

    Wow, now there’s a one-of shot Kimberley, totally awesome!

  • Thank you so much Deb!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot Kimberly!!

  • Thank you Marvin, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzabout 4 years ago

    beautiful scene…

  • Thank you George!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 4 years ago

    Amazing timing, Kimberly! Well done for getting the head in such crisp focus while allowing the wings to show movement! Great owl, great photo! ;o)

  • She makes a great practice subject! Thank you M’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Adrian Kent
    Adrian Kentabout 4 years ago

    Its just the perfect shot! Brilliant capture!

  • Thank you Adrian so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful action shot, including the blurred wings to lend a great sense of the speed and power of the wing beats in flight! A lovely scenic background adds extra interest! Great work Kimberly!
    : )

  • That means a lot Sandy. Thank you so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bill McMullen
    Bill McMullenabout 4 years ago

    A gorgeous raptor, Kimberly – very well done.

  • Thank you and happy Thanksgiving Bill!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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