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Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus


Large gray, brown and white owl with long ear tufts. The tufts aren't as visible in this series as it is in my other one: This owl has a damaged, right eye as clearly shown in the first image. This species is the second largest in North America. It's primary food source is rabbits/hares, and larger rodents although it will eat smaller rodents, reptiles, amphibians and insects.


Captive, rehabilitated bird used for educational purposes. This is one of the most widespread owls in North America.


This was part of Hawk Watch 2015 by the Wildlife Research Institute. The birds were from The Raptor Institute.

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It's a lot easier when they're held right in front of you ;) Sadly this beauty will never be released back into the wild because of its damaged eye. I'm happy that the beauty of the species can be seen and appreciated here.

Desmond.E.S.O 4 years ago

How did you get such an Incredible Photo!

Thank you beaker98!

beaker98 4 years ago

Wow! What a gorgeous bird! Nicely done

California, USA

Lat: 33.03, Long: -116.93

Spotted on Jan 10, 2015
Submitted on Jan 11, 2015

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