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Great horned owl        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Great horned owls are one of the most widely distributed birds, ranging from the Arctic into southern South America.   The bird shown here roosted in a relatively open site at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area in Southern California.   He (I assume it is a male because the other member of the pair -- barely visible at upper right in a couple of images -- was larger) would remain on this perch until mid-morning; when the sun started to illuminate him he moved to thicker cover.  Pictures of other owls are here and here.

  • Canon 10D, 1D Mk II, 1D3, or 1D4, 500 mm IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X converter, or 800 mm IS lens, or 100-400 IS zoom, fill-in flash (2003-2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)