Great Horned Owl in Bemis Woods

Great Horned Owl in Bemis Woods

I spent about a half hour following this someone around last Thursday. She was nice enough to let me get fairly close before gliding to another tree. At one point, she landed almost on top of a red-tailed hawk that I’m assuming neither one of us had seen. They both took off and for a moment these two birds with nearly four foot wingspans were flying almost atop one another through the trees before they both parted ways. They were both hanging around these vernal ponds that have sprung up everywhere…I’m assuming in wait of frogs and other varmints.

I apologize for the image quality on some of these.  I'm somewhat limited in what I can accomplish at a distance with what I have...this is the tradeoff for not lugging a bulky camera through the woods.

I apologize for the image quality on some of these. I’m somewhat limited in what I can accomplish at a distance with what I have…this is the tradeoff for not lugging a bulky camera through the woods.

9 comments on “Great Horned Owl in Bemis Woods

  1. Kristin Gembara says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. A. Kovacs says:

    I think your picture quality is great! How exciting to be that close to a great horned owl. Very exciting.
    Agnes Kovacs

    • willjhud says:

      Thanks Agnes! Yes, it was pretty special..and then to see both the owl and hawk flying nearly on top of one another through the trees…very exciting indeed!

  3. Amber says:

    What a great eye to catch a glimpse of such a beautiful creature!

  4. Smoky Zeidel says:

    We have many great horned owls on our hill. We hear them all the time from early dusk until dawn breaks, but rarely see them. They keep themselves well hidden in the giant scrub oaks that forest our hill. Occasionally, one shows her/himself. When s/he does, it is breathtaking.

    • willjhud says:

      I’ve seen two so far this year..pretty exciting. Seeing this one and the hawk flying together through the trees nearly on top of one another was also exceptionally cool!

  5. Owl says:

    I love the owl! Totally impressed you got the shot

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