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Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on August 26, 2017

Mama GHO

My granddaughter, Abby, and I came across our resident Mama Great Horned Owl, August 23, 2017, at the Ridgefield NWR.  We were able to photograph her for quite a while from different angles at about 60 feet away and only 15 feet off the ground. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/400, f4, ISO 1 ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on June 20, 2017

Tucked away in the trees

A June 14, 2017, Great Horned Owl, tucked away in the trees but on a surprisingly low branch.  I could barely see her through the leaves. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/160, f4, ISO 640, 500mm, 1:17 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on May 15, 2017

Better shot of mama owl

On my visit to the Ridgefield NWR on May 11, 2017, I found the mama Great Horned Owl in a little better spot than on my previous visit.  She was positioned about 200 feet forward of her two owlets so every now and then she’d spin her head around to check on them.  Below ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on May 12, 2017

GHO Fledgling

A Great Horned Owlet fledgling snuggled up against its sibling (to its right).  So far, so good for these two little cuties.  Ridgefield NWR, May 11, 2017. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/640, f4, ISO 2000, 500mm, 1:14 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on May 10, 2017

Raising kids can make you tired!

A couple hundred feet from the two owlets who had just left the nest, the mama Great Horned Owl has one eye on them.  Ridgefield NWR, May 2, 2017. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/400, f4, ISO 640, 500mm, 12:08 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on October 20, 2016

Youngster from five years ago

A look back at a gorgeous fledgling Great Horned Owl at the Ridgefield NWR, May 4, 2011.  This was when the resident momma owl was nesting in a tall stump right along the road on the 4-mile auto tour route of the refuge (this owl is perched away from its nest).  It was good new ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on July 22, 2016

Taking a Rest

A May 24, 2010, shot of a fledgling Great Horned Owl lying on a branch above me.  Taken at the Ridgefield NWR.  At first the bird had its eyes closed but then opened them.  (I did not scare or flush the bird 🙂 ). Canon 40D, 1/250, f8, ISO 400, 400mm, 100-400 lens, 8:15 a.m. ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on July 15, 2016

Long-winged Owl

Going back in the archives about 20 months to Nov. 7, 2014, at the Ridgefield NWR, this Great Horned Owl displays its massive wing size as well as its powerful legs and talons. Note that the bird’s right foot is off of the perch leaving its full weight on the left.  Since ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on July 11, 2015

High ISO shooting can be fun!

This is the Great Horned Owl I believe is one of the new owls from last year.  Here’s the story, if you’re interested! I arrived at the Ridgefield refuge at 5:30 this morning and there was a dark overcast on top of the fact that the sun hadn’t risen up over the ... Continue Reading

Posted in Bird Gallery on July 5, 2015

Bubo virginianus Profile

Great Horned Owls can reach a weight of about 5 1/2 pounds and can take prey up to 3 times their weight.  They are very prominent in most of North America and can have up to a 5 foot wingspan. While at the Ridgefield NWR, July 3, 2015, I was slowly driving the auto tour road and ... Continue Reading