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Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus


Wooded timber on the edge of the Green River


I came across this bright eyed beauty along the banks of the Green River. I was a bit puzzled as to why it wasn't flying away as I took photos, and all I can figure out is that it fell into the water while hunting or diving and was trying to dry off. You can easily see the ice built up on it's feathers. I did go back that evening to see if it was still there, and it was gone. Hopefully he recovered and flew away.

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beaker98 9 years ago

Thanks always did the kind words gatorfellows!

gatorfellows 9 years ago

very nice :)

beaker98 9 years ago

Thank you Jemma!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago


beaker98 9 years ago

Agree dotun55 with the eyes. They are quite mesmerizing. Good choice of song too:)

dotun55 9 years ago

Their eyes fascinate me the most. Now, listening to Wiz Khalifah's Black And Yellow ;-)

beaker98 9 years ago

Thanks Maria and Tom! It would have been nice to photograph what actually happened, but I'll count my blessings for just seeing it so closely.

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Great series and especially like the piercing look in the second photo!

Tom15 9 years ago

Nice spotting! Poor owl got all wet in this cold weather.

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Illinois, USA

Spotted on Jan 9, 2011
Submitted on Jan 4, 2014

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