I was getting through the organization of my bird shots from the last year so that I could update the master gallery, and found some photos tucked away from a brief photoshoot of a Great Horned Owl over the summer.
While I didn’t walk away with a tremendous amount of shots, I did meet my expectations of the day as I was looking for tight frame-filling head or body shots that would still print in large format without any issues. I probably would have had even more usable ones if I was not in aww just studying things with my avid birder curiosity.
Horned Owl Stare
I have been asked before ‘why do owls stare and follow my movements’ – That the owl does this, is a very natural thing – in the same as when a human is aware of a strange or threatening presence. Why would the answer need to be more complex?
With its long, earlike tufts, intimidating yellow-eyed stare, and deep hooting voice, the Great Horned Owl is the quintessential owl of storybooks. They also have sensitive hearing, thanks in part to facial disc feathers that direct sound waves to their ears.
You may not know that Great Horned Owls have a lot of prey but they almost have no predators. Though they may be killed in fights with other Great Horned Owls, Snowy Owls, and Bald Eagles. This likely accounts for the many more photographic opportunities with them. Great horned owls tend to nest earlier the further north they live, but can be found in almost any habitat in the states.
If you are going Owling, I suggest you Study a field guide to learn which owl species you are likely to encounter, Research owl calls to be prepared for birding by ear (many owls have distinctive calls), Choose the proper optics – e.g. wider lenses to capture more light is the best option for me, and Dress appropriately for the local weather, bearing in mind that temperatures can drop quickly after sunset. Choose non-reflective, quiet fabrics without metal fasteners.
My wife bought a camera just a month after I did, and it is delightful to have a new hobby that we can enjoy and grow together after 25 years of marriage. Being able to explore and enjoy the outdoors, nature, and local beauty together as a shared passion keeps us strong and interested in each other and exploring the subtleties and beauty the world has to offer. Beautiful Art Prints, Canvas Prints, and Greeting Cards of nature photography, digital artistry, and images from around the world for you to own and enjoy.