The Great Horned Owl is the heaviest extant owl in Central and South America and is the second heaviest owl in North America, after the closely related but very different looking Snowy Owl (B. scandiacus). It ranges in length from 43–64 cm (17–25 in) and has a wingspan of 91–153 cm (36–60 in) Females are invariably somewhat larger than males. An average adult is around 55 cm (22 in) long with a 124 cm (49 in) wingspan and weighing about 1.4 kg (3.1 lb). Depending on subspecies, the Great Horned Owl can weigh from 0.6 to 2.6 kg (1.3 to 5.7 lb) Among standard measurements, the tail measures 17.5–25 cm (6.9–9.8 in) long, the wing chord measures 31.3–40 cm (12.3–16 in), the tarsal length is 5.4–8 cm (2.1–3.1 in) and the bill is 3.3–5.2 cm (1.3–2.0 in).

Taken in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Nikon D800
ISO 640
EV 0.0
Pattern Metering
No Flash
600 MM
WB Sun


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  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 1 year ago

    Aw gorgeous capture!!! A wonderful portrait, love it :)))))))))))

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 1 year ago

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  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 1 year ago

    May 20, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingabout 1 year ago

    freaking AMAZING Michael!!!!

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallabout 1 year ago

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallabout 1 year ago

    Featured Wednesday 12 JUne 2013

    Beautiful Work!!!

  • Penny Odom
    Penny Odomabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful little creature you captured Michae…l always love seeing your birds. Congratulations on your feature.

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyard11 months ago

    Fabulous shot Michael, what a cutie … looking a bit peeved!

  • I think for it was more curiosity. After about 2 month high up in the nest looking down on everything, the whole world was so different and interesting from the ground.

    – Michael Cummings

  • Heather King
    Heather King11 months ago

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