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Great Horned Owl

Bubo virgianus

Description:

In North America, these large owls are the ariel apex predators of the night, so it was amazing to see one openly flying in daylight. While red foxes, mountain lions, and coyotes will prey on skunks on extremely rare occasions, great horned owls are their only true natural predators. Their near-silent flight, thanks to extremely soft feathers with brush-like taper, and binocular vision with resolution thought to be eight times better than our own, which can also see perfectly in the blackest nights, makes a terrifying foe to any of its prey.

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3 Comments

Josh Asel
Josh Asel a year ago

Thank you all for the compliments and nomination (late as they are)!

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Beautiful flight photo!

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated

Josh Asel
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Josh Asel

California, USA

Spotted on Nov 26, 2019
Submitted on Nov 26, 2019

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