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I was out at almost sunset on Monday, August 18, 2013, taking pictures of Red-headed Woodpeckers, when I spotted a Great Horned Owl.  The large owl was perched on a stout branch of a pine tree, and was fairly far from where I was.  I took several photographs and then, as I wanted to walk toward the bird to change my perspective so the light would be better, the bird spotted my husband and I and off it flew in a hurry!  These pictures are really bad because the setting sun was behind the owl.  This caused the bird to be seen in silhouette.

I really worked on the pictures using my photo-editing software.  All I could really do was get the bird a bit more visible to the viewer.  So, in the spirit of a “Weird Wednesday” of bad pictures, here are the photographs of this majestic Great Horned Owl.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  I hope to one day get some better pictures of this handsome bird.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "This Great Horned Owl was Hard to Photograph!" (9)

  1. Even with a silhouette, it is clearly identifiable what bird it is. 🙂 Of the few Great Horned Owl picks I have, the silhouette is my favorite. Was this at home?

    • Hi Birding Bunch, Yes, this spot is where I have taken pictures of Red-headed Woodpeckers and Towhees in the past. It is quite close to a main gate of this development and is on an adjacent ranch pasture. I shot from the road (why it also was hard to get the good shot). Have a fabulous day and thanks for your nice comments!

  2. what an awesome sighting!

  3. Great that you saw the OWL… Too bad that he wouldn’t come closer so that you could get a really good photo… BUT–at least you saw him!!!!


  4. You were really fortunate to have seen him!

    • Hi Montucky, I sure was. The good news is that I went by the same spot and in spite of it being slightly rainy (and almost dark), I saw the owl tonight! So likely that the bird lives in that field among the big trees there. More opportunity to hopefully get better pictures at some point. Have a really nice day tomorrow!

  5. Cool sighting of the Owl. I love all the owls and any sighting is awesome for me. Great shots. Have a happy day and weekend!

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