adventures in nature

2014 nov 2 great-horned owl

got some good shots of this lady as she waited for her mate, who was dozing a bit longer in his palm tree refuge by which she had taken a sit after leaving her day perch. he has a much deeper hoot and a more elongated hoot sequence than her, sometimes beginning with a few subtle, almost grunt-sounding hoots that preface the “typical” great-horned owl hoot sequence. these owls that I have observed the last year have a lot more vocalizations that i have heard in addition to what is typically documented or described in the scientific literature. i suspect they have a larger vocabulary than humans realize, some of it very subtle.

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IMG_9937 v1thought I was going to get a nice shot of a pellet barf on this one! false alarm.

IMG_9951 v1rousing and shaking off the sleepy day

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some serious tools …. incredible crushing force in these feet in addition to sharp talons.

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3 responses

  1. Ann Prentiss

    Beautiful shots, Zach! I so appreciate your sharing of them.

    November 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm

  2. Too cute … Pellet barf!!!

    November 3, 2014 at 3:12 pm

  3. nice work buddy.

    November 12, 2014 at 6:45 pm

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