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Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus

Description:

This Great Horned Owl spends most of its time in or near a cemetary.



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34 Comments (1–25)

MelissaFerguson
MelissaFerguson 2 years ago

This is really awesome-what a great photo!

williefromwi
williefromwi 2 years ago

I am glad I can provide others with information and photos of creation I see around my area. I am also thrilled to see and learn of things that others see around them that I have never seen or heard of before.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 2 years ago

This is my first time to see a great horned owl. Very nice capture and very neat! Great spotting!

Wild Things
Wild Things 2 years ago

I really cannot find the words to describe my pleasure to see this pic.

williefromwi
williefromwi 2 years ago

Glad I could share the limited knowledge I possess, East End aka Lorelei. I hope you are blessed with a spotting of a Great Horned Owl within a year. It is still possible to find them, but it is now much much harder. Most adults are off nest and many of the owlets have fledged or are in the process.

Great spotting Willie! I'll have to try your suggestions as well - thank you for posting! I would love to spot a GHO. I heard one for a couple of nights during the winter (in NY) but haven't heard since.

williefromwi
williefromwi 2 years ago

Thank you, so much Harsuame

harsuame
harsuame 2 years ago

Nice!!

williefromwi
williefromwi 2 years ago

AshishNimkar, I am always willing to help others, and will share my limited knowledge with anyone who asks me. I hope in a small way, I can be a blessing to others on this sight.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 2 years ago

Willie... Thanks for information... This your comment will help any reader to prepare for better spotting...!!

williefromwi
williefromwi 2 years ago

AshishNimkar, I am using a Nikon D300s camera, I am using several different lens, all which are Nikkor. My titi Monkey photo was shot using a Nikon D50. If you wish to know more detailed information, on a particular spotting and photo I will provide it for you, via email. I ask that you send your questions to faithful_falcon@yahoo.com. I will answer them there, rather then turn this into a photo forum. Thank you for asking, and please know I will try to answer each question you ask via email about the technical side.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 2 years ago

Super shot... Which camera used... and lens...?

williefromwi
williefromwi 2 years ago

Thanks for your link, I have sent an email to you with further thoughts. I hope they are helpful, Geodialist.

Geodialist
Geodialist 2 years ago

Thanks for the detailed reply and good advice, Willie! My e-mail address is all over the Web: Walter Sanford, wsanford@wsanford.com

williefromwi
williefromwi 2 years ago

Geodialist, I am by far no expert on the subject, but I will share some of my thoughts with you here. I contend that the best time to try to find where GHO are active is to do a search in late December or early January. I like being in an area, where I suspect one might live and listen for its call during those months just as the sun is setting, and then again between 9pm and 10pm in the evening. If your an early bird, an hour or so before dawn is also a great time to listen for them. They tend to be very vocal that time of year. They tend to use the same area year after year, and if they have a solid nest from a hawk or squirrel or a good crook in a tree, they tend to use that nest year after year. Also, as you are probably aware, the American Crow, hate Great Horned Owls and many other raptors for that matter. If I hear a number or crows and they all sound like they are in the same spot and are giving off their classic call of anger, it is almost certain they have a raptor in their sights and probably in a tree. If I here this in an area on a regular basis and am not seeing hawks during the day, I will assume their must be an owl in the area, and if it is an area I can access legally I will be there a few hours before dusk and use the call of the owl to find them. It takes a lot of time and a lot of effort, to do so. But the rewards are worth it. I am sure their are others who would give you much better suggestions then I. I can say, I have now seen almost a dozen this year. ( I am counting multiple birds from the same nest as one spotting).. I am going to post my email address for a few minutes after I post this. It will be up on a post from my coopers hawk post. post to me from my osprey and I will post it for a moment from coopers hawk so you can copy it and email me if you wish.

Geodialist
Geodialist 2 years ago

Nice shot, Willie! I've read a lot of the guidance re: where to look for Great Horned Owls in the wild -- kind of generic and not very useful! Can you offer some specific suggestions? Thanks!

williefromwi
williefromwi 2 years ago

Thank you Seema,

You are much to kind Snowy.

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 2 years ago

WOW! Beautiful!

Seema
Seema 2 years ago

Looking forward to enjoy more fabulous pics from you...

williefromwi
williefromwi 2 years ago

I see spot several great horned owls each year Seema, most are not terribly fond of people, although many live in and around people all the time. Many can hide in plain sight, and if you do not have a trained eye you would most probably miss them. Thanks for both looking and commenting on this spotting of mine, Seema

Seema
Seema 2 years ago

I think these birds prefer seclusion

williefromwi
williefromwi 2 years ago

Perhaps it is the lack of people that visit the cemetery. The cemetery is in the city of Milwaukee proper, Emma

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

It must be the silence and quietness which must be appealing to it.

williefromwi
williefromwi 2 years ago

Thank you Marcelo, I am a bit of a perfectionist, and am not satisfied with my captures unless I have them tack sharp. Thank you for noticing my work, and commenting on it.

MarceloCamacho
MarceloCamacho 2 years ago

perfect focus!!

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Lat: 43.06, Long: -87.97

Spotted on Apr 22, 2012
Submitted on May 8, 2012

Spotted for mission

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