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Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus


GHO owlet fledgling.


Ash tree forest


This owlet had been fledged for less than a week when I observed him losing his balance and flipping over backwards. He hung upside down for over a minute when he let go of the branch and glided down to a branch below. Nothing hurt but his pride.

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64 Comments (1–25)

rams4d 9 years ago

Nice picture

Dennis Davenport
Dennis Davenport 9 years ago

Thanks all for the nice comments! Arya, glad you liked the photo and thanks for your comment on your usage of the photo!

Arya 10 years ago

Just started a mission and used your photo as the main picture!

staccyh 10 years ago

Great photo!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

A Masterpiece indeed. I agree Ava.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

This is still one of the most endearing pictures on PN.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Brilliant... Beautiful pictures.... I love it, that's so cool :)

sanmiggums 10 years ago

I know right

Dennis Davenport
Dennis Davenport 10 years ago

Susan, the mission the link takes me to does not appear to cover Washington state. Do you still want me to include this picture? Thanks for your comment!

misako 10 years ago


SusanRuffanerGahagan 10 years ago

I'd be honored if you'd include your photo in my Mission. Nice eyes.
I'm collecting eyes in my mission. Please consider posting this there. Thanks.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 10 years ago

Great spotting, Dennis! What a character! Congratulations on the honor!

Dennis Davenport
Dennis Davenport 10 years ago

Thank you, Satyen, Jill, and Mac!

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Congrats Dennis!

JillBlack 10 years ago

Congratulations Dennis

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Congratulations Dennis

Dennis Davenport
Dennis Davenport 10 years ago

I'm honored to be a runner up in 2012's bird category. Thank you everyone for your kind and generous comments!

LeanneGardner 10 years ago

Congratulations Dennis! Your shots of this beautiful bird are amazing :)

Congratulations Dennis! What a fun and beautiful series!

JamesFunk 10 years ago

Terrific photos...Congrats!

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Congratulations, Dennis; loved this when I first saw and still do! :-)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Congratulations Dennis :)

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Congratulations Dennis !

SusanRuffanerGahagan 10 years ago

Oh, I see you've won runner up for Best of 2012/Birds. Congratulations! Good job!

SusanRuffanerGahagan 10 years ago

Must have been raised by bats. lol
Beautiful picture. And what an unusual one at that.

Dennis Davenport
Spotted by
Dennis Davenport

Ridgefield, Washington, USA

Spotted on May 2, 2012
Submitted on May 5, 2012

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