Brief Post – Great Horned Owl


This post will be a bit brief.  I received my new computer a few days ago, and I am in the process of setting it up, installing programs and files, and all of that complicated technical stuff….. 🙂

But before I shut down the old computer, Ann and I  got out for  few minutes one morning.  Can’t say for sure which day.  Right now I am in a bit of a brain-fried fog.  But, I got very lucky at Spring Creek Park.  As we drove through, Ann exclaimed, “Bob, there’s an owl!”  Sure enough, there in plain sight, with no obstructions and about 25 feet above the ground was this huge Great Horned Owl.  He was sitting on a branch of a mesquite tree.  I stopped and turned off the engine.  He posed for me for several minutes while I took several images.

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

I was amazed how long and patient he was.  I could hear some faint”hoot, hoots” coming from some nearby pecan trees.  I suspect that he was guarding a nearby nest, but were not able to see it.  After about 15 minutes I decided to leave him alone.  As magnificent as he looked, I didn’t feel the need to stay.  I didn’t want to agitate him further, event though I was about 30 yards away and hunched down in my car.  When we drove off, he was still there, watching us intently.  But I was content, feeling that I got the best photo of a Great Horned Owl that I have ever had.

If you click on the image, you will see a very nice enlargement.

Happy birding!!

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21 thoughts on “Brief Post – Great Horned Owl

  1. I am glad that I clicked on the image because then I got to enjoy the details. Lovely! i was watching a movie the other night and I heard an owl hooting, which I guessed to be a great horned owl. This tops it off.

  2. That really is the best photo of a great horned owl in the wild I’ve ever seen. I envy you your talent, your experience and, of course, your equipment. Beautiful.

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