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Sleeping owl by Margaret  Shark

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This was Great Horned Owl was shot in the back of our yard in The Villages, FL. We are on a retention pond. We looked out one day to see this beautiful young owl standing there with the crows attacking. He had been wounded. He finally made it to a culvert. We kept the crows at bay. We tried to find help. A woman who rescues birds came, too late. But she did take him out to the forest for his final resting place. I used an Olympus Digital Camera-3.2 pixel. I did crop some and did lighten some, but other than that, it is how I saw the bird,

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  • Memaa
    Memaaover 5 years ago

    Amazing shot, Margaret. Such a sad story. The poor owl…….Mother Nature is very cruel sometimes.

  • Yes, she is and sometimes we feel so helpless. Thanks for stopping by, Memaa.

    – Margaret Shark

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago

    Oh what a sad story, you got a lovely shot from it though nice find…gina

  • Thanks, Gina. I don’t know if it worked or not, but at least he seemed to pass in peace,

    – Margaret Shark

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallover 5 years ago
    I do think owls have beautiful faces . aaww!! What a sad story .Nature is cruel isn’t it ? Lucky you were there and then he wasn’t left lying around .
  • It is awesome to see life begin and end. I worry that maybe we prolonged his suffering,but felt the need for dignaty for such a beautiful animal.

    – Margaret Shark

  • Jellybean720
    Jellybean720over 5 years ago

    Such a sad story.. Great Capture :))

  • Thanks, Jellybean. It was a heartbreaker. We kept trying to find someone to help us. I am sure he was gone by the time we saw him. Such is nature.

    – Margaret Shark

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 5 years ago

    Such a sad story, this Owl must have been injured Owls should be able to take on Crows. Maybe he was old or ill, so sad anyway. Nice photo

  • Karen, I think he was quite young. He was not very big, and these fellow get to about three or four feet. He did not show the injury. When we finally got to him, there was a large wound on his back.As I said, I hope we did not prolong his suffering.

    – Margaret Shark

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 5 years ago

    “To sleep, perchance to dream”, Shakespeare

    Beautiful, both your photo and your rescue attempts. Bill

  • Thanks, BIll. That means a lot to me. Truly.

    – Margaret Shark

  • Jellybean720
    Jellybean720over 5 years ago

    Well at least you tried to help him.. I have a hard time with that is nature thing.. it is sad to me as I love all animals .. :))

  • Me. too. Jellybean.When my children were small, I refused to let them see Bambi. It traumatized me when I was little.

    – Margaret Shark

  • Blaze66
    Blaze66over 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture! I just drove through your area this weekend and was dying to go out a shoot it is so beautiful in the middle of the state. I live on the coast and we don’t get as many opportunities! Great job! It is sad that we used to see these beautiful creatures all the time and now they are so few! At least he made it back to the forest to rest in peace! Poor thing!

  • labaker
    labakerover 3 years ago

    sad story :( damn crows…..

  • Never thought about the crows, but you are probably right! Or we do have hawks and eagles in the area. Nature is not always so wonderful.

    – Margaret Shark

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much. I am honored.

    – Margaret Shark

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