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Moonlit Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owls are nocturnal, and hunt in complete silence to catch their unsuspecting prey.  They have amazing hearing, and can navigate in the pitch dark using echolocation.  This image was created by merging two photos — of the full harvest moon, and of the owl, which I worked on to produce that moonlit effect.  I hope you like it this image of the owl gliding noiselessly over the moonlit branches.

From Audubon’s website:  “Found almost throughout North America and much of South America is this big owl. Aggressive and powerful in its hunting (sometimes known by nicknames such as ‘tiger owl’), it takes prey as varied as rabbits, hawks, snakes, and even skunks, and will even attack porcupines, often with fatal results for both prey and predator. Great Horned Owls begin nesting very early in the north, and their deep hoots may be heard rolling across the forest on mid-winter nights.”

Owl photo taken on July 8, 2016.

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