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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.

Greathorned owletowletmantlingGreathorned OwlPoint Reyes National Seashore