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I spent five hours photographing this Eastern Screech Owl at The Okefenokee Swamp in Folkston, Georgia,USA. They truly are masters of disguise.
Eastern screech-owls have the broadest ecological niche of any North American owl. They are found in virtually all kinds of habitats below about 1500 meters elevation, from urbanized surroundings to boreal forests. They are generally found in wooded areas but do well in urban and suburban areas and do well near humans, often using bird boxes for nesting. These birds are cavity nesters and use natural cavities or those created by other animals.