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Old Dec 8, 2013, 2:30 PM   #1
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Normally, owls are tucked way in near the trunks of trees and are almost totally obscured by branches. This owl was enjoying the afternoon sun and was out in the open. You can see he has sleepy eyes. I was only able to get a couple of shots with the eyes partially open. This is only the second time I have seen a GH owl this exposed, lucky me.
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Old Dec 8, 2013, 5:48 PM   #2
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Very nice capture, he looks very sleepy but of course he is watching you.
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Thank you. Yes, he was watching. There were about 20 of us pointing our cameras at him but, he didn't seem too concerned.

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Very nice photo.

I've found GHO's occasionally by hearing a flock (called a murder ?) of crows flying around a GHO trying to drive it off.
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Very nice photo.

I've found GHO's occasionally by hearing a flock (called a murder ?) of crows flying around a GHO trying to drive it off.

That's true and it is the indication that a owl is on that tree or area.
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Never seen one of these. Super sleepy eyes . . . I know that feeling
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Steve, where you took this picture was no cake walk shooting through branches and leaves of the tree from the windows of a vehicle. This is very nice!
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Steve, where you took this picture was no cake walk shooting through branches and leaves of the tree from the windows of a vehicle. This is very nice!

Thanks, but actually it was a little easier this time because the owl was in a tree right behind the restroom at the main viewing platform. That allowed us to get out of our vehicles and to be able to set up our tripods in the parking area and move around to avoid as many branches as we could. Apparently, this owl has been spotted in this tree and location for several days now. A great opportunity for anyone wishing to capture a nice Great Horned Owl shot.

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