While hiking through pastures and small groves of trees in Point Reyes National Seashore we heard the plaintive call of an owlet to its parent. We followed the calls until we spotted this juvenile Great-horned owl in an old dead tree. We photographed and observed from a respectable distance and were surprised when a Cooper's Hawk flew overhead. Immediately the Great-horned adopted a defensive mantling posture until the perceived threat few away.
It has long been a dream of ours to photograph Great Gray Owls (Strix nebulosa) in the wild. We were fortunate enough to find a nesting pair with chicks in Wyoming. We observed them from a respectable distance for several days as they allowed us to photograph them. This one strikes a regal pose after devouring a vole just after twilight.