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Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus

Notes:

My lucky spotting of the week! I have been watching several nesting pairs of great horned owls near my house over the last month and a half. On Sunday, I went to check in on one of them. Just as I pulled up, I saw the female land on one of the low lying branches with a huge snake in her mouth. I snapped off several pictures as she flew to the nest to feed her two chicks. Pretty rare to see GHO in the daylight hours hunting. (Although I know that when they have chicks they hunt through out the day and night.) Most of my pictures didn't come out, even though I spent an hour watcher her feed her babies. However, I did get a few good ones of her in the nest as well. I will post the other pics as soon as I get a chance.

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58 Comments (1–25)

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 8 years ago

Thank you again Stanislav Greš!

Stanislav Greš
Stanislav Greš 8 years ago

excellent ... +1

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 8 years ago

Thank you littlelokelani!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Haha! Thank you Adarsha B S! It might be my favorite moment I've captured on PN thus far!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Epic capture :)
Nice story :)

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 9 years ago

No doubt James! Thank you for the kind words! This owl ended up having 3 babies, all of which fledged!

JamesCramer
JamesCramer 9 years ago

Amazing picture, right spot at the right time.....

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you mcaul6515 and thank you narcoss! I was super lucky! I'm a little sad, I went back to the nest just yesterday and it was abandoned. The adults and babies are gone. I guess it's more of a bitter sweet because that is what they are supposed to do. The babies fledge and the parents take them somewhere safe. Fingers crossed to them making it!

naross
naross 9 years ago

What a shot!!! Right place at the right time. Beautiful owl too, and enjoyed reading the notes.

mcaul6515
mcaul6515 9 years ago

Amazing action shot!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you Arun!

Arun
Arun 9 years ago

fabulous ...

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you Jakubko! I feel lucky to have captured the moment!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Fantastic!! What an awesome shot! I loved the story, too!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you Cheryl and Maria! It was a treat to watch her care for her young chicks! She is a great Mother. However, my friends that also observe her says that the father is lazy and rarely takes part in hunting. He can often be seen sleeping in a near by tree!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Wonderful capture and what a cool experience to be able to watch her feed the young!

CherylWright
CherylWright 9 years ago

Absolutely amazing, what a magnificent shot! Well done and thanks for sharing!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 9 years ago

I'll work on the other pics tonight! ...I've been lazy...or busy...one of the two! ;)

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 9 years ago

wonderful, cannot wait to see more :)

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you EnvUnlimited! I'll try and get the other pics posted this weekend!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you Alice! It definitely feels like Spring when the baby owls start popping up!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Wonderful story and picture!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you Sandra, Jerry and Joshua! All the kind words today have truly made my day!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

HOLY HECK!! i am lost for words. "absolutely amazing" doesn't quite do it. congratulations what a winner!

SandraPereira
SandraPereira 9 years ago

Wow ..this is an amazing picture

EmilyMarino
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EmilyMarino

Colorado, USA

Spotted on Mar 31, 2013
Submitted on Apr 4, 2013

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