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Eastern Screech Owl

Megascops asio)


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.

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27 Comments (1–25)

LaurenZarate 4 years ago

Wonderful camouflage!

cheryl v2.0
cheryl v2.0 7 years ago

Oh my gosh I love this owl, great shots!

PhilipChen 7 years ago

This is amazing~!

RiekoS 7 years ago

Congratulations on "National Geographic - Photo of the Month"!!!

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 7 years ago

Congratulations! This is really a great spotting!

WannesVanBeeck 7 years ago

truly amazing photos

Alec 7 years ago

Amazing photos; it's hard to believe you noticed this!

SummerNicole 7 years ago

Amazing series. What a beautiful creature.

Daniel Rowson
Daniel Rowson 7 years ago

What a fantastic photo! Thanks for sharing.

MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

Wow! Incredible capture! Congrats!

QWMom 7 years ago

Fantastic pictures!

Love these photos and your time investment! The Western Screech Owl is not doing very well in our area. I haven't heard or seen one for years. Congratulations on this great spotting.

ChristyHolland 7 years ago

What a great spotting!! Welcome to Project Noah! I'd love you to add this spotting and any future spottings that apply to the mission Raptors of North America:

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Wonderful spotting!

Alex wauters
Alex wauters 7 years ago


Amazing series!
U should put it on the mission: Mimetic Animals of the World!

naross 7 years ago

Now that is a truly amazing bird, and what a series of awesome photos. I'm totally impressed, Graham. Well done on this spotting. Neil :-)

RiekoS 7 years ago

The owl blended in with the tree so well. If I passed by there, I am not sure if I could find it. Well done and thank you so much for sharing.

Elsa 7 years ago

Welcome to PN by the way, what a fantastic first spotting!

Elsa 7 years ago

Fabulous! This looks a lot like my scops owl ( and looking at the species name makes me think they are related?

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago

Wow... That is awesome series !!! Stunning photographs and beautiful owl..

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah, grahammcgeorge. Great first spotting.

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 7 years ago

Incredible. You could have passe along and not notice it!

kcurtain 7 years ago


SandraPereira 7 years ago

Lovely that a wink in the last picture ?

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Georgia, USA

Spotted on Apr 20, 2013
Submitted on May 6, 2013

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