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Great Horned Owl


Great Horned Owls are some of the earliest-breeding birds in North America. They breed in late January or early February and are often heard calling to each other in the fall, starting in October. They choose a mate by December and are often heard duetting before this time. For owls found in more tropical climates, the dates of the breeding season are somewhat undefined. They often take over a nest used by some other large bird, sometimes adding feathers to line the nest but usually not much more.

There are usually 2 eggs per clutch, with a clutch ranging in size from 1 to 5 eggs (5 is very rare). Brooding is almost continuous until the offspring are about 2 weeks old, after which it decreases. Young owls move onto nearby branches at 6 weeks and start to fly about a week later. The offspring have still been seen begging for food in late October (5 months after leaving the nest) and most do not separate from their parents until right before they start to reproduce for the next clutch (usually December). Birds may not breed for another year or two, and are often vagrants ("floaters") until they establish their own territories. All adult Great Horned Owls are permanent residents of their territories. Eggs, nestlings and fledgings may be preyed on by foxes, coyotes, wild or feral cats.
There are almost no predators of adults, but they may be killed in confrontations with eagles, Snowy Owls and, mostly, other Great Horned Owls, which may end in the eating of the dead owl.
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Shutter Speed
1/160 second
Focal Length
500 mm
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Date Taken
Jun 1, 2008, 2:20:01 PM
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21521652020's avatar
I love this very much....speechless..... great shot!!!
21521652020's avatar
I love this so much I am speechless, great photo and thanks for sharing.
vw1956's avatar
well focussed!
jayshree's avatar
Owls are so fascinating to me. They look so quiet, but they will move in for the kill so stealthily. Great info. I love learning more about the subjects we photograph.