I was up before daybreak this morning with plans to head to the woods for some photography. There was an old grass covered forest road I wanted to explore. A week or so ago I had hopped off the adjacent hiking trail and found a couple nice compositions, but didn't explore its length. That changed this morning as I walked to its end. Unfortunately, I didn't really find much in the way of compelling scenes. I did, however, have a nice encounter with some Great Horned Owls. I first heard one, then another hooting. I did my best owl imitation and got an answer. Within a minute or two three of these magnificent birds were calling away. Finally one moved to a location where I could spot it. Unfortunately it was positioned between myself and the sun. Sitting in shadows and dim early morning light made for a difficult subject, but considering the situation I'll take it. A Great Horned Owl in the Croatan National Forest!
One of the most common owls in the USA its range includes nearly all for North America and extends into Central Amarica. A powerful predator, this large bird is capable of taking down animals much larger than its self. While the male is smaller than the female, he has a larger vocal box resulting in a deeper call.
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October 31st, 2020
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